Migrant arrivals to Crete have jumped since December 2023

The flow of migrants from the Egyptian and Libyan coasts to southern Crete and the small island of Gavdos has been increasing since the end of last summer, according to data of the Greek Coast Guard seen by Kathimerini.

Between the start of 2024 and February, 12,573 migrants were detected in the region, while during the whole of 2023, the number of rescued refugees and migrants in the same area amounted to 666.

As for the evolution of the migrant flows, data from the Port Police Directorate clearly show the increasing trend of these occurrences, with December 2023 being the month with the most arrivals in the last six months.

Last Sunday, boats carrying dozens of irregular migrants who had sailed from Libya were found drifting south of Crete. In one case, a total of 72 foreigners, including 14 minors, were intercepted by a navy frigate 46 nautical miles south...

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