FRONTEX REPORTS 14,100 ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS INTO EU IN APRIL

Brussels – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) said that there were more than 14,100 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU in April, 2% higher than the number of detections from the previous month.

According to the data issued by Frontex, the total number of detections in the first four months of 2017 fell 84% from the same period of last year to almost 47,000, even though Italy continued to see numbers higher than a year ago.

In April, the number of migrants arriving in Italy through the Central Mediterranean route rose by 19% from March to 12,900. This brought the total for the first four months of the year to more than 37,200, which is 33% higher than the figure from the same period of 2016.

Nationals from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ivory Coast accounted for the largest number of the detected migrants, the agency said in the press release.

Meanwhile, the number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands in the Aegean in April dropped by 46% from the previous month to 1,200. The figure was 68% lower than in April 2016, which was the first full month since the EU-Turkey statement came into effect, leading to a precipitous drop in arrivals.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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