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Migration: Frontex, 150,000 arrivals in Europe in 2018. Arrivals doubled in Spain, but dropped in Italy

Frontex in azione nel Mediterraneo

(Brussels) “In 2018, the number of detections of illegal border-crossings reached its lowest level in five years, but migratory pressure remained relatively high at the EU’s external borders”, according to the Frontex Risk Analysis for 2019 report that was released today. “The total figure of arrivals – 150,114 throughout the year – fell by 27% compared to the previous year, and was 92% below the peak of the migratory crisis in 2015. This was largely due to the dramatic fall in the number of migrants on the Central Mediterranean route” towards Italy, where arrivals plunged to 23,485. However, 57,034 people crossed into Spain via the Western Mediterranean route, that is, “double the number from 2017”. “The number of departures from Morocco increased five-fold. Most of the migrants taking this route last year came from sub-Saharan countries, but the number of Moroccan nationals also increased significantly”. The Eastern Mediterranean saw only slightly fewer detections than the Western Mediterranean route”, with 56,561 border-crossings into Greece.

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