Migrant Flow Shows No Sign of Winter Slowdown; UN Expects 600,000 by February
As many as 600,000 migrants could enter Europe from Turkey during the four months to the end of February 2016 alone, a report by the United Nation’s refugee agency has found. The flow of migrants north into Europe had been predicted to slow as winter set in, but instead new records are being set.
In a “winterisation” plan laid out by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for dealing with Europe’s migrant crisis over winter, officials have predicted that as many as 5,000 migrants from the Middle East may travel from Turkey into Europe every day.
That equates to some 600,000 migrants moving north between the beginning of November 2015 and the end of February 2016. That represents a huge increase in the migrant flow, as the first ten months of 2015 saw a total of 850,000 migrants arriving in Europe by sea.
If the rate is sustained, some 1,800,000 more migrants could be expected to arrive in Europe next year.
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