Decrease in arrivals of migrants to European Union countries by sea, increase in illegal entries by land: this is the preliminary assessment that this year the border and coast guard agency Frontex in its last activity report.
Regarding land routes, the agency detected in October nearly 3,500 passages through the Western Balkans, more than a third more than in September.
In the first ten months of 2020, preliminary figures show that more than 19,700 migrants have been detected, more than double the number recorded during the same period in 2019.
More than half of them were Syrians and a quarter were Afghans, Frontex further details.
Greece helped to protect its borders
However, the total arrivals on EU territory fell by 21% compared to 2019, “mainly due to a drop in arrivals in the east and west of the Mediterranean”, underlines Frontex.
In the western Mediterranean, the agency recorded 13,400 arrivals during the first ten months of the year, a decrease of 37% compared to the same period of the year 2019. In the east of the Mediterranean, the number of arrivals fell by 75% during the same period.
The crossing between Turkey and Greece was previously one of the main migration routes to the EU. Greece is now receiving assistance from Frontex in the Aegean Sea and at its land border with Turkey. The agency has also been accused of being involved in the refoulement of migrant boats from Greece to Turkey.
In its activity report, the agency also announces that it has rescued 54,800 people, sent 15,800 others outside Europe and seized 125.5 tonnes of drugs.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr