Migratory situation in January – Detections fall, except for Central Med2020-02-12
Western Mediterranean Sea
The number of migrants arriving in Europe via the Western Mediterranean Sea route fell by a quarter from the previous month to nearly 1 150. This was 72% less than in January 2019.
Algerians were the most represented nationality on this route in the first month of 2020.
There were more than 2 000 detections of illegal border crossings recorded on this route in January, less than half the total reported the previous month.
Nationals of Syria accounted for more than three-quarters of the migrants detected on this route.
*The figure includes other less active migratory routes not mentioned in this press release.
**January 2020 data does not include the number of detections in Cyprus.
Note: The preliminary 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.