Tuesday 6 December 2016

Migrant arrivals in Greece down to just 18 in past 24 hours

Published 11/04/2016 | 10:26

A group of migrant men throw rocks during clashes with Macedonian police during a protest at a fence at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni (AP)
A group of migrant men throw rocks during clashes with Macedonian police during a protest at a fence at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni (AP)

Only 18 refugees and migrants have entered Greece by sea over the past 24 hours, a week after a European Union deal to deport new arrivals back to Turkey came into effect.

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However, more than 53,000 remained stranded in Greece, through which more than a million people from the Middle East and Africa have passed since the beginning of 2015 - heading to more prosperous European countries.

Arrivals, mostly in frail smugglers' boats from Turkey, peaked above 200,000 in October. Following last month's EU-Turkey deal the numbers have dropped, with just 1,704 arrivals so far this month - about 189 daily.

About 11,000 migrants live in a tent city on the closed Macedonian border, hoping to continue north, despite repeated appeals from Greek authorities to relocate to organised shelters.

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