Statistics show a return to illegal immigration. The number of people who entered Europe illegally in the last year, It was 57 per cent. higher than the previous year.

In August last year, Frontex said it was due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic In 2020, the number of illegal crossings at the external borders of the European Union decreased by 13% compared to 2019, to about 124,000.

Frontex said the number of migrants is now “higher than pre-pandemic (migration) levels… indicating that other factors besides lifting global travel restrictions are contributing to increased migration pressure.”

The agency states that a new factor that increased this pressure was the influx of migrants through the northern route through Belarus, but it does not provide data on the number of people who reached Europe via this route.

Frontex has also seen a significant increase in the number of immigrants, who reached the EU via the central Mediterranean (6,5362), the Western Balkans (60540), and Cyprus (10,400).

In 2021, the majority of immigrants were Syrians, and the remaining large groups were Tunisians, Algerians, Moroccans, and Afghans.

Source: PAP,

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