Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - The number of illegal border crossings at the external borders of the European Union fell slightly in January 2024, the EU border and coast guard agency Frontex reported. True, there is an exception - a significant increase in the influx of illegal migration recorded in the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain.
The number of illegal border crossings recorded at the EU's external borders in January 2024 fell to almost 14,000 in one month, according to a report from the Warsaw-based EU agency. This is about a third lower than the data recorded in December 2023, but roughly in line with the corresponding figures for the first month of the previous year.
With the exception of the Canary Islands, the number of irregular migrants has fallen on all major migration routes to Europe. In the Canary Islands, 6,643 people tried to enter the EU in January, up 48% on December and ten times more than a year ago. In January, almost half of illegal border crossings were recorded here.
The most significant decline in migration rates of 71% was recorded in January along the central Mediterranean basin migration route, mainly affecting Italy, compared to the previous month. Authorities reported 1,533 such cases. The migration route in the Western Mediterranean basin, mainly through Spain, included 624 illegal crossings of the EU's external borders in January, down 66% from December. Along the migration route in the Eastern Mediterranean basin, mainly through Greece and Cyprus, 3,995 illegal border crossings were recorded in the first month of the year, down 41% from the previous month.
In January, 740 attempts to illegally cross the border were recorded along the migration route through the Western Balkan countries. The figure shows a decrease of 30% compared to the previous month. In January, 3,168 people attempted to cross the UK sea border, down 4% from December.
The reporting month at the Belarusian border of the European Union recorded a 2% decrease in January compared to data recorded in December. In the first month of the year, 269 people illegally crossed the EU's eastern borders.
Citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and Mali were registered on most migration routes, Frontex clarifies.