Frontex: Number Of Illegal Migrants To Europe Decreased

In 2019, about 10 percent fewer refugees will cross the external borders of the EU than in 2018, the Frontex border service says. The largest number of refugees was accepted in Greece.

The number of illegal migrants crossing the EU border has dropped significantly, according to Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European agency for the protection of external borders. It is estimated that by the end of 2019, border guards will count about 120 thousand illegal entries into the EU.

According to Leggeri, this is about 10 percent less than in 2018. A record number of illegal crossings of external European borders was recorded in 2015, when about 1.2 million migrants entered the EU.

However, the border guards note an increase in the number of illegal immigrants entering Greece and the Canary Islands. In 2019, the Canary Islands turned out to accept 50% more illegal immigrants than a year earlier, said Leggeri. “We see that the networks of illegal carriers on the route from West Africa to the Canary Islands have become more active and better organized,” he said.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, about 2,200 people were able to illegally get from Africa to the Canaries in 2019.

Earlier in December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released a report according to which the number of migrants reaching the European Union through the Mediterranean Sea in 2019 fell by about 5% compared to the previous year to 107,546 people. At the same time, Greece accepted the largest number of migrants, where about 60 thousand people were registered. The number of deaths decreased by 34% – up to 3170 people as of mid-December 2019 compared to 4800 people a year earlier. In total, in 2014-2019, more than 34 thousand refugees died in the Mediterranean Sea.


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