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Border agency: illegal entries into the EU have increased by 82% this year

The European Union’s external border surveillance agency reports that the number of illegal migratory entries detected in the first five months of 2022 was over 86,000, almost 82% more than at the same time. period in 2021

Warsaw, Poland — The number of illegal entries detected in the European Union in the first five months of 2022 was more than 86,000, 82% more than the same period in 2021, the monitoring agency announced on Monday. external borders of the EU.

Crossings in May alone numbered 23,500, 75% more than in May last year, according to preliminary data released by Frontex.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency said the figure did not include refugees from nearly four months of war in Ukraine, whose number was estimated at some 5.5 million. They are allowed to enter the EU.

The routes taken most often by migrants pass through the Western Balkans, which accounted for almost 41,000 crossings, mainly migrants from Syria and Afghanistan, and through the central and eastern Mediterranean, where Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Tunisians, Nigerians and Congolese are common.

The figures show the number of entries and do not take into account that sometimes the same person makes several attempts.

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