MIXED MIGRATION FLOWS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Compilation of Available Data and Information February  2018 HIGHLIGHTS A total of 11,552 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through  different  land  and  sea  routes  in  the  first  two  months of 2019, the lowest number reported since 2015 when  some  12,258  sea  and  land  arrivals  were  reported .  Arrivals as of February 2019 decreased by […]

Compilation of Available Data and Information
February  2018

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 11,552 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through  different  land  and  sea  routes  in  the  first  two  months of 2019, the lowest number reported since 2015 when  some  12,258  sea  and  land  arrivals  were  reported .  Arrivals as of February 2019 decreased by 9 per cent when compared to the 12,726 registered in the same period of 2018,  43  per  cent  lower  than  the  20,200  registered  in  2017 and 91 per cent lower than the 136,355 registered in the same period of 2016.
  • Fifty-two per cent of all arrivals were registered in Spain, indicating that the Western Mediterranean route was the main route taken by the migrants and refugees arriving to Europe between January and February 2019. Another 45 per cent of individuals have arrived in Europe through the Eastern  Mediterranean  route  (Cyprus,  Bulgaria,  Greece)  and the remaining 3 per cent were rescued and brought to  Italy  and  Malta  in  their  attempt  to  cross  the  Central  Mediterranean  route .  It  is  for  the  first  time  since  2017  that  a  route  different  than  the  Central  Mediterranean  was the most active route in the first two months of the year . For example, last year, some 40 per cent of migrants and refugees registered in between January and February arrived  in  Europe  through  the  Central  Mediterranean  route, and the remaining 59 per cent was almost equally distributed  between  Western  (29%)  and  Eastern  (30%)  Mediterranean route.

Read the full report here.

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.