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March recorded a significant increase in arrivals of migrants and refugees to the Greek islands, month on month.
Data from the Coordinating Body for the Refugee Crisis Management shows that more than 1,600 people crossed by sea from Turkey to Lesvos, Chios, Samos, and other islands between March 1st and March 31th.
March was the month with the most arrivals to Greece in 2017.
In February, approximately 1,000 people arrived on Greek islands.
In January, about 1,400 crossed by sea from Turkey.
In December of 2016, approximately 1,700 people arrived to the Greek islands.
Meanwhile, data from the UNHCR shows that 23,000 migrants and refugees crossed from North Africa to Italy between January and March 2017.