540,000+ migrants arrived in Greek islands Jan-Oct, Frontex

13 times more than in the first 10 months of 2014

10 November, 17:02

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     - BRUSSELS - Over 540,000 migrants arrived on Greek islands in the first ten months of the year, Frontex data show. This figure is 13 times higher than the same period in 2014. Syrians account for the highest number, though the percentage of Afghns has risen significantly in recent weeks. Despite worsening weather conditions, in October over 150,000 people travelled from Turkey to Greece. In October 2014 this number was under 8,500.
    As a direct effect, between January and October some 500,000 people crossed the borders of the Western Balkans, especially the borders of Hungary and Croatia with Serbia.
    After Hungary built a barrier along its border with Serbia and tightened its border control in September, migrants began to cross Croatia's border with Serbia in record numbers.
    As part of its efforts to assist Greece and the Balkans in dealing with the unprecedented migratory pressure, EU border control agency Frontex strengthened its Operation Poseidon, deploying 114 officials on Lesbos and other Greek islands to support local authorities in the identification, registration and finger-printing of the new arrivals.
    A pilot project using an accelerated registration process is underway on Lesbos.

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