In the near-half decade since Europe's migrant crisis began, illegal immigrants from across the Middle East and Africa have used several different geographic circuits to reach the EU.

Frontex, the EU's border agency, on February 13 released data for January which showed that more half of the illegal border crossings into the European Union came via the so-called western Mediterranean route that begins in Morocco and Algeria before terminating in Spain.

In January, the number of illegal bor...

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