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Frontex: Over 22,400 Illegal Border Crossings Identified at EU External Borders in November

A total of 22,450 people tried to reach European countries by illegally crossing the EU’s external borders in November, according to recent figures provided by the European Border and Coast Guard agency, Frontex.

These numbers are roughly in line with those for 2020 while representing a 35 percent increase over the figures for the same period two years ago, reports.

According to Frontex data, 184,180 people were identified who attempted to cross the EU’s external borders illegally in the first eleven months of this year, which is a 60 percent increase over the previous year’s figures, when governments imposed travel bans and restrictions. In order to deal with the epidemiological situation, as well as an increase of 45 percent compared to the 2019 figures.

Nearly 8,000 people have attempted to cross the eastern border of the European Union illegally this year, or thirteen times more than the 2020 figures and nearly twelve times more than the 2019 stats over the same period.

The following nationalities most often tried to reach the EU countries by crossing the eastern border illegally:

“In November 2021, the situation at the border showed signs of calming but remained tense,” reads the statement published by Frontex.

During this year, approximately 55,310 people attempted to enter the European Union by illegally crossing the Western Balkans route. These figures show that a 138 percent increase was recorded compared to the same period in 2020 and an increase of 387 percent compared to the 2019 figures.

“Regarding the immigration status in November, about 7,300 irregular migrants were detected on this route, up 128 percent from November 2020. This is also 194 percent more than in November 2019 (2481),” the statement read.

The nationals of Syria, Afghanistan, and Morocco were most recognized in the Western Balkan route.

According to a Frontex report, during the first 11 months of this year, about 64,400 illegal border crossings were recorded on the Central Mediterranean route, as people on the roads attempted to enter other EU countries, which is an 89 percent increase. compared to before. Year numbers and an increase of 380 percent compared to 2019 numbers.

Last month, a total of 8,337 people attempted to enter the European Union via the Central Mediterranean Route, a total increase of 55 percent over 2020 figures and a 492 percent increase over 2019 figures.

Tunisians, Egyptians, and Bangladeshis were the main nationalities identified on this route.

As for the Western Mediterranean track, the number of detections decreased by 79% in November, registering a decrease of 67% compared to 2019 figures.

“In the first eleven months of 2021, 17,114 illegal border crossing points were registered, an increase of 6 percent from 2020, and a decrease of 24 percent compared to 2019. Nearly 63 percent of all migrants detected were on Algerians follow this route, followed by Moroccans (30 percent).”

Frontex data shows that from January through November, authorities identified 18,764 illegal crossings on the Eastern Mediterranean route, which is a 75 percent drop compared to 2019 figures.

For the month of November, there were 2,965 illegal border crossings on the Eastern Mediterranean Route, an increase of 87 percent over the figures for the same period last year.

At the same time, in the West Africa route, in the first eleven months of this year, 20183 illegal border crossings were recorded, while in November 3,353 people sought to reach European countries via this route, a 60 percent decrease compared to the previous one. year numbers.

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