“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.”