Lesbos – Greece

Refugees arriving in Lesbos, Greece.

As of December 7, 2015 more than 911,000 refugees and migrants had arrived on European shores since the year began and some 3,550 lives had been lost during the journey. Over 75 per cent of those arriving in Europe had fled conflict and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. In March 2016, following the closing of the Western Balkan route by Macedonia and the entry into force of the EU–Turkey deal on 20 March, the number of migrants arriving in Greece dropped to 26,460, less than half the figure recorded in February.