The variety of “irregular entries” has already reached 2016 ranges, the bloc’s border company says

The variety of irregular crossings into the EU grew sharply within the first 9 months of 2022 in comparison with the earlier yr, reaching its highest stage since 2016, the bloc’s border company Frontex mentioned Thursday.

“Within the first 9 months of this yr, practically 228,240 irregular entries have been detected on the exterior borders of the European Union, in response to preliminary calculations. This represents a rise of 70% in contrast with the identical interval final yr and is the best complete recorded for the primary three quarters of the yr since 2016,” the company acknowledged.

The Western Balkans route has turn into the unlawful migration hotspot this yr, with over 100,000 irregular entries registered there. Nearly all of migrants looking for to enter the EU by means of this route are hailing from Syria, Afghanistan and Türkiye, the company famous.

The Central Mediterranean route, the place migrants take daring journeys in varied dinghies in a bid to enter the EU, stays the second most-popular one, accounting for some 65,000 unlawful entries. Nearly all of unlawful migrants on this route come from Tunisia, Egypt and Bangladesh, in response to Frontex.

The unlawful migration figures don’t embody the large inflow of refugees from Ukraine, Frontex famous, since they’ve been coming into the bloc’s territory by means of border checkpoints. Based on the company’s newest figures, “greater than 11 million Ukrainian nationals have entered the EU from Ukraine,” amid the continued battle between Kiev and Moscow. Nevertheless, an unspecified “vital quantity” of Ukrainians have already returned house, Frontex famous.

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