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    NGO: Fewer Migrants and Refugees Arriving in Greek Islands
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    A group of Somali refugees walk towards a reception point on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea on a dinghy, with other refugees and migrants, from a the Turkey's coast, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Several European countries, including EU members Slovenia and Croatia and non-members Serbia and Macedonia, have declared they will only allow "war-zone refugees" from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to transit through their countries on their way to central and northern Europe.

    The number of refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek islands dropped drastically for one day over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

    The International Organization for Migration said this "drastic decrease" saw just 155 people land on the islands Sunday. This was in stark contrast to the rest of November, in which an estimated 100,000 people landed in Greece, an average of almost 4,500 per day, NBC News reported.

    Alexandra Flessa, a staffer at the IOM office in Greece, said that one explanation for the temporary drop could be due to training exercises which were being held by the Turkish coast guard on Sunday and Monday.

    In addition, the IOM said 14 of the 23 days in November so far had seen no deaths in Greek waters — making November the safest month since August.