The number of illegal border crossings on Europe’s main migratory routes rose by 6% from the previous month to around 8,300, according to European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex.
The agency regularly updates its numbers of arrivals and found the total for the first half of 2019 was nearly a third lower than a year ago at around 42,000.
Regarding the Eastern Mediterranean route, where the main migratory influx for Greece arrives from, the route was used by nearly 4,000 arrivals in June – 16% lower from the first half of 2018 The total number of registered arrivals for 2018 totalled 21,500. One out of four migrants who choose this route was of Afghan origin who usually arrived by sea.
The Western Mediterranean route near Spain saw a rise of 55% from the previous month to almost 2,350, with 10,300 detections registered for the period between January-June, 27% less than in 2018. Nationals of Morocco, Mali, and Algeria accounted for the largest number of migrants who used this route in the first six months of 2019, according to Frontex’s data.
The Central Mediterranean Route that crossed to Italy saw an 83% year-on-year drop in the number of migrants who crossed from North Africa. Most of the migrants who crossed into Italy were Tunisians, Pakistanis, and Algerians.
The number of migrants using the Western Balkan Route stood at 500, with nationals of Afghanistan and Iran accounting for the largest share of migrants detected. The illegal border crossings for the first six months of 2019 stood at nearly 5,100 or double the figure from a year ago.