UN expects up to 5,000 refugees per day to enter Europe

UNCHR says daily refugee arrivals from Turkey to Europe may increase to 5,000

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Syrian refugee girl is seen in the arms of her father following the arrival of refugees from the islands of Lesbos and Chios at the port of Piraeus, near Athens.

The United Nations said on Thursday that refugee arrivals might go up to 5,000 per day from Turkey to Europe, between November 2015 and February 2016, as UNCHR appealed for more funding, due to winter approaching.

European Union predicted on Monday that three million more refugees could arrive by the end of 2016.

UNCHR has appealed to donors for $96.15 million in additional support for the winter months to be distributed to Greece, which is one of the main transit countries for refugees.

If UNCHR receives the support from donors, total amount raised for the refugee crisis would be $172.7 million.

Latest figures suggest, at least 760,000 refugees, fleeing from their war-torn countries have crossed the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2015. The majority of the refugees are coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea.

The UNCHR also warned against the risk of further loss of life and urged taking urgent adequate measures to prevent the suffering of thousands of refugees landing in Greece and traveling through Balkans to reach EU countries.

According to the new winterization plan to protect refugees from more humanitarian tragedies, UNHCR will put measures in place to support Crotia, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as they are affected from the refugee flow.

New refugee shelters will be prepared and built in those countries, while existing shelters and reception facilities will be upgraded for winter UNHCR said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Germany’s parliament had announced that the budgetary committee will allocate an additional 65 million euros to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) as the UNHCR has received less than half of the amount needed this year.


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