Sea arrivals to Greece reduced to an average of 13,500 per week in January, from 22,500 in December. Numbers fluctuate from 0-5,000 per day. Service provision becomes inadequate when high numbers of migrants arrive and when onward transport to the mainland is disrupted causing temporary build ups to occur. Similar issues occur at Idomeni, where there are recurrent border closures.
The conditions migrants find in Greece are still mostly inadequate, whilst conditions further along the route have improved.
Selective entry procedures continue to prevent some non-Syrian, Iraqi and Afghans (non-SIAs) and those not indicating Austria or Germany as their destination from transiting through the Balkan countries. Smuggling along the route appears to be increasing.
Winter weather, coupled with insufficient lifesaving equipment, has resulted in increased fatalities at sea.