Greece: 21 times (!) more migrants than last year

Via Ahram:

“Greece has seen 21 times more migrants arrive on its shores so far this month than in all of January 2015, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

Since the beginning of 2016, IOM said 31,244 migrants and refugees had arrived in Greece by sea, compared with just 1,472 recorded arrivals on the Greek islands in January last year.

“This is a huge jump,” spokesman Itayi Viriri told reporters in Geneva, warning that it does not bode well for the rest of the year.

“If the trend as it is now continues then certainly we’re looking at another record number,” he cautioned.

In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees made the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe — nearly half of them Syrians fleeing a civil war that has been raging for nearly five years.”

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    • Every time you post a comment here, you show (display) your stupidity. Grease, ha ha ah.

    • Greece belongs to the Greeks and oh yes of course grease is all yours!! perhaps it’s useful for your goats…..

    • Does this mean that we should expect new productions for both the stage and the screen? Of course, the movie was preceded by a musical. Whatever the case, I hope that that your remake is more street smart than the original versions.

      So, um, whom do you hope to put in the roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson? And what about cameos for the actors who appeared in the movie? Surely you can find a place for John Travolta.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_%28film%29#Cast

  1. I have taken the liberty of correcting both Nick’s headline and the text from Ahram.
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    Greece: 21 times (!) more colonists than last year

    Via Ahram:

    Greece has seen 21 times more colonists arrive on its shores so far this month than in all of January 2015, the International Organization for Migration [sic] said Tuesday.

    Since the beginning of 2016, IOM said 31,244 colonists and invaders had arrived in Greece by sea, compared with just 1,472 recorded arrivals on the Greek islands in January last year.

    “This is a huge jump,” spokesman Itayi Viriri told reporters in Geneva, warning that it does not bode well for the rest of the year. “If the trend as it is now continues then certainly we’re looking at another record number,” he cautioned.

    In 2015, more than one million colonists and invaders made the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe — nearly half of them Syrians pretending to flee a civil war that has been raging for nearly five years.

    Although the number of arrivals in Greece last year was initially small, by the end of the year the country alone saw well over 850,000 arrivals. The continued influx will likely add to the EU’s dissatisfaction with Turkey, a hub for colonists seeking to reach Europe which has on occasion been criticised by its Western partners for not doing enough to limit the numbers crossing the Aegean Sea.

    Ankara and Brussels in November pretended to agree to a plan to stem the flow by providing Turkey with tribute of three billion euros ($3.2 billion) of EU cash as well as political concessions for Turkish cooperation in tackling Europe’s worst colonization crisis since the Islamic invasion of the Iberian peninsula more than 1,000 years ago.

    IOM said Tuesday that nearly 90 percent of the colonists who have arrived in Greece so far this year are Afghans, Iraqis, and Syrians.

    Most of them are not staying in Greece. IOM cited numbers from Greek police showing that nearly 31,000 colonists had crossed the border to Macedonia since the beginning of the month.

    Italy, which counted nearly 154,000 arrivals in 2015, has meanwhile seen 607 colonists, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, rescued in the Channel of Sicily since January 1, IOM said.

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