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Loading Sea and land arrivals from January 2016

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Nationality of arrivals (land and sea for January - September 2020) JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Algeria 30 Sep 2020
Morocco 30 Sep 2020
Mali 30 Sep 2020
Guinea 30 Sep 2020
Côte d'Ivoire 30 Sep 2020
Others 30 Sep 2020
Senegal 30 Sep 2020
Tunisia 30 Sep 2020
Syrian Arab Rep. 30 Sep 2020
Cameroon 30 Sep 2020


World Refugee Day - Reports of three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea

UNHCR, 20 Jun 2017

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 20 June 2017 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency received information last night about three new shipwrecks in the Mediterrane... Read more


Desperate Journeys

Refugees and migrants entering and crossing Europe via the Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes, 27 Feb 2017

In a new report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, details the impact of the increased border restrictions introduced in 2016 on refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. It shows that people continued to move but undertook more diversified and dangerous journeys, often relying on smuggle... Read more


UNHCR conducts training on Refugee Law for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy

UNHCR, 01 Feb 2017

Tunis, Tunisia – 1 February 2017. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is conducting a two-week course on human rights and refugee law for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy. The training is being held on an Italian ship crossing the Mediterranean Sea. “This training represents an important opportunity t... Read more


Better Protecting Refugees in the EU and Globally: UNHCR's proposals to rebuild trust through better management, partnership and solidarity

UNHCR, 13 Dec 2016

The European Union (EU) needs a bold, imaginative and workable approach to overcome fragmentation and manage refugee movements effectively in accordance with international law. This paper provides a vision for how this could be achieved both within the EU and globally. The last year was exception... Read more


UNHCR calls for stronger EU action on refugees

UNHCR, 05 Dec 2016

In a paper presented to the European Union (EU) today, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called for a far-reaching reform of Europe’s global engagement with refugees, including the European asylum system. UNHCR called on Europe to offer more strategic and targeted support to countries of origin, asylum ... Read more

Loading Total arrivals in 2021 *

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Note: official data of arrivals in Ceuta from 17 May onwards have not been made available and are currently under analysis by the Ministry of Interior. UNHCR will include this information as soon as it becomes available.
Sea arrivals in 2021 * JSON 
Last updated 28 Nov 2021
Land arrivals in 2021 JSON 
Last updated 21 Nov 2021
Previous years Sea arrivals* Land arrivals Dead and missing**
2020 40,326 1,535 788
2019 26,168 6,345 684
2018 58,569 6,814 811
2017 22,103 6,246 202
2016 8,162 6,443 77
2015 5,312 11,624 59

* Including the sea arrivals to Canary Islands. Data are as of 31 December 2020. ** Including the incidents occured along the Canary Islands route.

Demographics of arrivals (land and sea Jan - Sep 2020) JSON 
Location of arrivals in 2021 (land and sea) JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Mainland Andalucia 21 Nov 2021
Ceuta 21 Nov 2021
Melilla 21 Nov 2021
Mainland Eastern Mediterranean 21 Nov 2021
Canary Islands 21 Nov 2021
Balearic Islands 28 Nov 2021

Les autorités ivoiriennes ont plaidé pour l’invocation de la clause de cessation de statut de réfugié ivoirien, lors de la 70e session du Comité exécutif de l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) qui se déroule actuellement à Genève.
08 Oct 2019
Refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives at an alarming rate in 2018, as cuts in search and rescue operations reinforced its position as the world’s deadliest sea crossing. The latest ‘Desperate Journeys’ report, released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says six lives were lost on average every day. An estimated 2,275 died or went missing crossing the Mediterranean in 2018, despite a major drop in the number of arrivals reaching European shores. In total, 139,300 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe, the lowest number in five years.
30 Jan 2019
UNHCR welcomes Malta disembarkation of Sea Watch and Sea Eye passengers, calls for better, predictable approach
09 Jan 2019
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, applauds Spain for its actions today in bringing to an end a sea-rescue crisis on the Mediterranean after a ship, the Aquarius, was refused permission to land and disembark elsewhere more than 600 rescued people. After spending over a week at sea, and with some having been transferred from the Aquarius to two Italian ships, the over 600 people were finally disembarked today in the port of Valencia, where their needs will be assessed, including identifying any who might be at risk and in need of international protection. UNHCR has offered support to the Spanish authorities. “We’re grateful this ordeal is over for all involved, but this incident is something that should never have happened in the first place,” said Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “Rescue at sea is too important a principle to jeopardize, and any wavering about disembarkation presents grave peril not just to refugees and migrants but to anyone in difficulty at sea.” UNHCR advocates for assured and predictable regional disembarkation in situations of rescue at sea - and following disembarkation, for proper responsibility sharing arrangements, to avoid situations in which countries are penalized by being left to manage processing and follow up alone. UNHCR is ready to work with States of the Mediterranean to achieve this.
17 Jun 2018
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Loading Sea arrivals from January 2018

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* Includes arrivals to the Canary Islands
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