The European Union records the largest number of illegal crossings of its borders since 2016

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The number of illegal crossings into the European Union rose by 70 percent in the first nine months of 2022, the highest level since 2016, the European Border Agency said.

Frontex said a total of 228,240 cases of illegal entry were registered, including 106,396 from the Balkans, a 170 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021.

 

“The high number of illegal border crossings can be attributed to frequent crossing attempts by migrants already in the Western Balkans,” the agency said in a statement.

 

 

The second highest number was recorded via the Central Mediterranean route, with 65,572 entry cases recorded, a 42 percent increase over the first nine months of last year.

 

The majority of migrants seeking to enter the European Union through the Balkans hold Syrian, Afghani and Turkish nationalities.

 

Most of the arrivals across the central Mediterranean are from Tunisia, Egypt and Bangladesh, the statement said.

The agency has also tracked 52,700 migrants trying to enter Britain via the Channel since early 2022, compared to 52,000 for the whole of 2021.

“With winter approaching, the number of attempts may rise before sea conditions worsen and make the crossing more dangerous,” Frontex said.

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