The main target of illegal immigrants continues to be the Spanish border, more than half of them have crossed the European Union in the first eight months of the year, “wrote the Frontex report of the Community’s Border Protection Agency.
About 29,600 illegally crossed the Spanish border through the Mediterranean, almost twice as much as they did in the same period last year. Three quarters of immigrants come from the Black African region, many of whom come from Guinea and Mali, but there are also many Moroccan nationals.
The number of illegal immigrants has doubled in comparison with last year in August, reaching 6500 in Spain.
The number of immigrants in August was reduced to 62 percent in the Mediterranean basin, mainly due to Italy’s migration route, to 1500 in August.
On this route, the number of illegal border crossing attempts was around 19,600 in the first eight months of the year, a decrease of 80 percent compared to last year’s figures. Here mainly Tunisians and Eritreans were recorded, giving one-fourth of the produced people.
The migration route to Greece in the eastern Mediterranean of the Mediterranean has registered 4200 people in August, 11 percent less than last year. In the first eight months of the year it was 34,300, a decrease of 58 percent.
Greeks and land border crossings were reported by Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans – they said.
The EU agency noted that the number of irregular border crossings affecting the Serbian-Hungarian and Serbian-Croatian border crossings in the Western Balkans was still low in August, with no numerical data being communicated.
There is a constant migration pressure on the route between Albania, Montenegro and Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, “he added.
According to the agency, the number of illegal border crossings in the European Union fell by about 40 per cent, to nearly 86,500 in the first eight months of 2018, compared to the same period last year.
In August, around 12,500 illegal border crossings were observed at the borders of the EU, roughly the same as in the same month last year.