Frontex: Large Drop in Migratory Flows Across the Four Major Routes to the EU

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) reported a large drop in migratory flows across the four major routes to the European Union. However, there is a significant increase in crossed land borders with Turkey.

Since the beginning of 2018, illegal crossings of the border to the European Union have been 43% less than last year. The total number of people crossing the EU border is around 73,500.

23,100 migrants used the West-Mediterranean route, and their number is twice as high as last year. The reach of the coasts of Spain is four times more than in 2017 - nearly 8,000 people.

In July, the number of illegal migrants using the East-Mediterranean route was around 4,000. The reason for the decline is that more migrants cross the land borders with Turkey and most people are from Syria and Iraq.

The number of migrants arriving in Italy by the Central-Mediterranean route in July dropped to around 1,900 and the main migratory route across the Western Balkans - from Serbia to Hungary and Croatia - continues to be used by a small number of illegal migrants.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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