GENEVA - Since the beginning of 2016, 31,200 refugees and migrants have reached the Greek coast, a figure 21 times higher than the 1,472 arrivals documented throughout January of last year, the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, said on Tuesday.
The organization emphasized in a statement that if this trend continues, this year will significantly exceed the record 853,650 people who reached the coast of Greece in 2015.
Almost half of the arrivals so far this month (48 percent) come from Syria, followed by Afghanistan (29 percent) and Iraq (12 percent), reports the IOM.
These three nations, which account for almost 90 percent of the total, are the only ones authorized to cross the border between Greece and Macedonia, a step that 31,100 people have already taken this month, according to Greek authorities.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Aegean Sea has continued to grow with the worsening weather conditions.
In the last four days three boats have sunk, two of them on Jan. 15, with a total of 83 people saved and three children dead.