A total of 23,630 people attempted to enter European countries illegally during September, which is a 40 percent increase compared to the 2020 figures and a 17 percent increase compared to the September 2019 figures, the European Union Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). reveal.
According to FRONTEX, the most pronounced increase was detected on the roads of the Central Mediterranean and Western Balkans, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, a total of 133,900 people attempted to cross the external borders of the European Union during the first nine months of this year, based on the agency’s preliminary calculations, which represents a 47 percent increase compared to 2019 figures, before the spread of the Corona virus, when the number of people reached Illegal border crossings 91 thousand.
According to the report published by the same agency for the period from January to September this year, the number of illegal border crossings registered on the eastern borders of the European Union reached nearly 6,200.
4,170 people tried to cross the border between Lithuania and Belarus. However, the numbers registered a decline after reaching 2,900 arrivals per month in July. In addition, authorities in Lithuania recorded 20 irregular arrivals during the month of September.
Citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria were spotted the most in September at this border crossing. Meanwhile, Poland registered a total of 1,380 illegal border crossings on the common border with Belarus for the period from January to September this year.
Iraqis, Afghans and Russians have been spotted the most in this way. In September, the Polish authorities recorded an attempt by 28 people to cross the borders of European countries illegally.
As for the Western Balkans route, about 40,200 people were monitored trying to reach European countries via this route in the first three quarters of this year, an increase of 117 percent compared to the same period last year. In September, there were 10,400 illegal border crossings, or an 112 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
According to the Frontex report, the citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and Morocco have tried the most to reach European countries via this route.
Approximately 47,620 illegal border crossings were recorded on the Central Mediterranean route during the first nine months of this year, representing an 87 percent increase over the same period last year.
In September, there were 5,670 illegal border crossings, up 33 percent from the same month last year. Most of the migrants came from Tunisia, Bangladesh and Egypt,” stated the statement published by Frontex.
The statement published by Frontex shows that from January through September, 14,100 people attempted to cross the Western Mediterranean route in order to reach European countries, which is a 22 percent increase over last year’s figures.
As for September, the number of detections increased to 3,487, or nearly 20 percent, compared to September 2020.
Most of those spotted on this route were citizens of Algeria, Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa.
The eastern Mediterranean was the only route to the European Union that saw a decrease in detections of illegal border crossings. There were 13,190 observations between January and September, down 17 percent compared to the same period last year.”
Last month, 1,590 people sought to reach European countries via the Eastern Mediterranean route, or 18 percent more compared to last year’s figures.
Frontex figures show that a total of 11,700 people attempted to reach European countries via the West African route in the first nine months of this year, or a 93 percent increase compared to figures from the same period one year ago.
“In September, there were 2,353 observations, roughly in line with the same period in 2020,” the statement released by the agency said.
Natives from sub-Saharan countries were detected on the way to West Africa.