In the first seven months of 2018, the number of irregular border crossings into the EU via the top four migratory routes fell by 43 per cent from a year ago to about 73 500, mainly because of lower migratory pressure on the Central Mediterranean route.
In July, some 14 900 irregular crossings were detected on the main migratory routes into the EU, 18% fewer than in the same month of last year.
Last month, the Western Mediterranean
migratory route accounted for more than half of all detections of
illegal borders crossings into the EU. The number of migrants reaching
Spain quadrupled from a year ago to nearly 8 800 in July.
first seven months of 2018, there were some 23 100 irregular border
crossings on the Western Mediterranean route, more than double the
figure from a year ago.
Nationals of Morocco, Guinea and Mali
accounted for the highest number of arrivals in Spain this year.
Migrants from sub-Saharan countries represented more than three-quarters
of all detections on this route.
July, the number of irregular migrants taking the Eastern Mediterranean
route stood at some 4 000, 17% fewer than in the previous month. But
largely because of a significant increase of irregular crossings in
recent months on the land borders with Turkey, the total number of
migrants detected on the Eastern Mediterranean route in the first seven
months of the year rose by three-quarters to around 29 500.
largest number of migrants on this route so far this year were nationals
of Syria and Iraq, although Afghans accounted for the largest number in
number of migrants arriving in Italy via the Central Mediterranean
route in July fell to about 1 900, down 83% from July 2017. The total
number of migrants detected on this route in the first seven months of
2018 fell to roughly 18 200, 81% lower than a year ago.
So far this
year, Tunisians and Eritreans were the two most represented
nationalities on this route, together accounting for more than one-third
of all the detected migrants there.
migratory route in the Western Balkans from Serbia to Hungary and
Croatia continues to see low numbers of irregular migrants. However, a
parallel route via Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as
well as from Serbia to Bosnia Herzegovina, has seen increased migratory
Note: The data presented in this statement refer to the
number of detections of irregular border-crossing at the external
borders of the European Union. The same person may attempt to cross the
border several times in different locations at the external border.