• Crisis Severity ?
    1.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    1.0
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    1.5
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    1.6
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    1.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 290,000 People exposed [?]

Overview

24/05/2019

Since 2014 Greece has been an important country of first arrival and transit for refugees from the Middle East. In 2015 alone, almost one million people crossed from the Turkish coast to the Greek Aegean islands to seek international protection in Europe. ?

The combined effect of the 2016 EU-Turkey deal and the closure of the borders in Eastern European countries has caused a significant decrease in arrivals. Still, at least 50,000 people arrived in Greece in 2018, either by sea or by land. Of those, more than 70% were from three countries: Afghanistan (40%), Syria (24.4%), and Iraq (18%).?

By April 2019, an estimated 54,600 refugees and migrants were still in Greece; of those, 13,600 were living on the islands, and 41,100 on the mainland. ?Reception centres on some of the islands remain overcrowded, with many refugees living in unsuitable tents or makeshift shelters. At the end of December 2018, the migrant population in Samos was five times over the centre’s capacity. As of April 2019, some 7,097 people had newly arrived in Greece in 2019.  ?

Latest Developments

03/06/2019

03/06: No significant recent humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team.