Bad weather slowed refugee flow to Greece in November, UN says


Refugee arrivals on Greek islands slowed in the second half of November as bad weather made crossing the sea from Turkey more dangerous, according to the United Nations.

Arrivals dropped to about 137,000 in November from more than 210,000 the month before, according to data posted on the UN Refugee Agency’s website. From the start of the year, 742,858 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea, while 199 died trying to make the crossing as of Nov. 27, the agency said.

While the deteriorating weather decreased the number of arrivals in Greece, cold temperatures have increased the need to provide warm accommodation, the UN said.