Over 110,000 migrants and refugees cross Greece in November

    Over 110,000 migrants and refugees cross Greece in November

    Nov 27, Athens: It is estimated that over 110,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea since the beginning of November, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

    The sharp decrease in the number of arrivals witnessed last weekend, with only 155 crossing on November 22 and 336 the next day, has now reversed and numbers have picked up again. On November 24, some 3,516 people crossed and 5,140 the next day.

    IOM Greece’s Early Warning Information Sharing System, which tracks migrant flows in collaboration with IOM in the Western Balkans, estimates during November some 105,000 people have left Greece for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

    IOM said that Syrians, Afghans and Iraqi nationals continue to cross Greece’s Idomeni border with the FYROM without significant delays, but other nationalities are being turned back. Iranian migrants are conducting a hunger strike as a protest at the border.

    On Thursday, migrants mainly from Morocco and Algeria rioted in protest against the FYROM authorities. Several managed to cross the border, but were immediately caught and returned to Greece, according to IOM staffer Nikos Kyfonidis.

    The Oslo Times


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