- According to the compilation of available data from national authorities and IOM offices, a total of 133,489 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe between January and November 2018. Estimated 81 per cent of the overall population crossed the Mediterranean Sea (108,246), mainly using the Western Mediterranean route, which leads to Spain where 59,747 new arrivals were registered between January and November 2018.
- Hellenic Authorities reported 46,261 new arrivals to Greece, making it the second most popular entry point to Europe with 44 per cent more arrivals this year than the 32,207 reported in the same period last year. Of the 3,126 arrivals during this reporting period, 67 per cent arrived in Greece by sea and the remaining 33 per cent were registered as land arrivals. Afghanistan, Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic are the most common origin countries reported by 71 per cent of all registered migrants and refugees in Greece.
- The increased migratory movements through Western Balkans (Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina) continued during this reporting period, reaching a total of 30,951 apprehensions on entry and exit at the end of November 2018, fourteen times more than the 2,199 reported in the same period last year and eleven times increase compared to the 2,725 registered in the whole of 2017. The majority of migrants were registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a total of 23,271.
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For more information about recent trends in the Mediterranean and migrants presence in the Western Balkans, check our interactive data portal – Migration Flows to Europe.