The number of immigrants illegally arriving in Europe declined by about a third this year, compared with last year’s figures: in the first nine months of the year, a total of 100,000 people were registered on major migration routes – the EU’s Coast Guard and Frontex agency reported in its recent report.
According to the organization’s figures, about 12,900 arrived in the EU through the four main migration routes in September, a 21 percent drop compared to the previous year.
Italy’s downturn has been the main entry point for Spain for the third consecutive month, with 6500 illegal border crossings recorded in September, four times more than last year. Up to 35,500 people have been registered on this route so far this year, which is more than double the experience of the same period of 2017. The largest groups of arrivals were made up of Moroccan, Guinean and Mali citizens.
In Greece, last month, 5400 submitted asylum applications, less than a quarter last year. However, due to the significant increase in the number of illegally arriving from the land border of Turkey in recent months, the total number of arrivals to date has risen by about 40 percent, reaching 40,300. Most of them are Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan citizens.
The number of arrivals registered on the Italian coasts was around 900 in September, which is 85 percent lower than in the previous year. In the first nine months of the year, 20,900 arrived in Italy, roughly one-fifth of the 2017 data. Most of the arrivals were Tunisian and Eritrean citizens.
The number of arrivals is still low on the Western Balkans, but Frontex’s specialists have warned of new routes through Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, and through Bosnia and Herzegovina.