The number of illegal border crossings at Europe’s external borders in the first four months of 2021 reached 36 100, about a third higher than year ago when irregular migration dropped due to travel limitations linked to the outbreak of COVID, according to preliminary calculations.
In April, the number of illegal border crossings reached over 7 800, a four-fold rise from the record low recorded in the same month of last year.
More than 1000 irregular migrants reached the Canary Islands in April, three times the total from the same month of last year.
In the January-April period, nearly 4 500 irregular migrants arrived on the Canary Islands, more than double the total from the same period of 2020.
Nationals from sub-Saharan countries, most claiming to be from Mali and Morocco, accounted for the largest number of arrivals.
The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled in April to almost 1 550 compared to a year ago.
Between January and April of this year, the total number of illegal crossings on this route more-than-doubled to 11 600.
Nationals of Tunisia and Ivory Coast accounted for the two main nationalities on this migratory route.
Western Mediterranean Sea
There were fewer than 300 detections of illegal border crossings in the Western Mediterranean in April, around 70% more from the same month of 2020.
The total for the first four months of 2021 stood at over 3 200, or 5% more than in the same period in the previous year.
Algerians accounted for three of every four detections on this route this year, while Moroccans made up most of the remaining arrivals.