819 refugee arrivals in last week of 2019



According to the latest report from the UN Refugee Agency in Greece, this week saw the arrival of 819 people on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,739 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 622 arrivals during the same period.

To date, some 40,800 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands with the majority of the population on the Aegean islands coming from Afghanistan (47%), Syria (20%) and Somalia (6%).

Women account for 22% of the population and children for 35%, of whom more than 6 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old.

Approximately 15% of the children are unaccompanied or separated, mainly from Afghanistan. Some 39% are men between the ages of 18-39 years old.

The Agency notes that of the 819 of arrivals that came this week, the majority arrived on the island of Lesvos (555) followed by the Dodecanese islands (139), Samos (97) and Chios (208).