first half of 2022, there were about 114 720* irregular entries to the European
Union, according to preliminary calculations. This is about 84% more than in
the same period last year.
significant increase was recorded on the Western Balkan route, where the number
of detections increased nearly 3-fold compared with the first six months of
2021. This increase can be attributed to crossing
attempts by migrants already present in the Western Balkans.
People fleeing Ukraine and entering the EU
through border crossing points are not part of the figures of illegal entries
detected. According to the latest Frontex data, 7.2 million people have fled
Ukraine into the EU since the start of the war, including 6.3 million Ukrainians.
Frontex registered 23 290 irregular crossings into the EU, 59% more than in the
same month of last year.
moment, Frontex has more than 2 200 standing corps officers and staff at
various sections of the EU external border, as well as in Albania, Serbia, Montenegro
Top migratory routes
On the Central
Mediterranean route, Frontex registered 25 164 irregular border crossings,
23% more than in the first six months of 2021. In June
alone, there were 5651 illegal crossings on this route, in line with last year.
The main nationalities
on this route were Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Tunisians.
On the Eastern
land border route, Frontex registered 2452 irregular crossings, 141% more
than last year. The main nationalities on this route were nationals of Ukraine,
Iraq and Belarus.
The Western Balkan route accounted for half
of all the detections with 55 321 illegal crossings, nearly three times the
total from the same period of last year. The main nationalities on this route
included migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey.
of detections on the Eastern Mediterranean route remains high with 17
957 arrivals (+125%) due to the steady number of arrivals to Cyprus (12 407).
there were 2220 illegal crossings on this route. Most
migrants came from Nigeria, Syria and Congo (Kinshasa).
The number of irregular migrants seeking to
cross the Channel towards the UK remains high with
over 22 400 detections, including attempts and crossings, which represents an
87% increase on the same period in 2021. Migrants continue to make repeated
attempts to cross the Channel due to the increase border surveillance along the
*The figure includes other less active
migratory routes not mentioned in this press release. The final figures may be
higher due to delayed reporting.
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.