Irregular Inflow Of Migrants To EU Significantly Increased In January: Report

A new report showed the inflow of irregular migrants to the European Union (EU) has significantly increased in the first month of 2022 compared to the same month in 2021.

According to new figures released by EU border agency Frontex, there was a 78% increase in migrants, as they registered a total of 13,160 irregular border crossings in January. The report also showed an uptick of 78% higher than in January last year and 23% higher than in January 2020.

“With 5,826 arrivals, the route via the western Balkans saw the largest increase (148%) compared to the same period last year,” Frontex added. Migrants from Turkey, Syria, and Afghanistan are using this route to enter the EU, Frontex added.

According to Frontex, more border crossings on the central Mediterranean route are from Libya and Tunisia to Lampedusa, Sicily, and Malta. “We have registered 2,150 attempts to enter the EU, showing an increase of 107%,” it added.

The report also said that on the EU’s eastern border, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and the three Baltic countries, the number was down by 74%.

Frontex said that since May 2021, large numbers of migrants arrived at the borders of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland from Belarus, sparking a humanitarian crisis.

“Thousands of migrants remained stranded on the EU external border for weeks in freezing conditions,” said Frontex.

Nearly 8,000 migrants crossed irregularly into Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland last year, the report said, adding Lithuania last month said it will install surveillance cameras along the entire length of its border with Belarus.

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