EU Irregular Income Reaches Highest Level Since 2016

Europen Union sees 64% increase in irregular immigration in 2022

The European border agency Frontex reported this Friday that the number of irregular entries into the European Union in 2022 had increased by 64% compared to the previous year, reaching its highest level since 2016. According to the agency’s “preliminary calculations”, 330,000 irregular entries were registered, 45% of them on the so-called Balkan route.

Syrians, Afghans and Tunisians together accounted for 47% of the irregular entries last year, with the number of Syrians almost doubling to 94,000. Around 10% of the irregular crossings were made by women and 9% by minors.

The Central Mediterranean route registered the second highest number of crossings, increasing these by more than half, exceeding 100,000. Most of the people who attempted the dangerous sea route last year were citizens of Egypt, Tunisia and Bangladesh. The agency said 2022 also brought the largest number of people in five years from Libya, the main departure point in North Africa. The number of people leaving Tunisia reached the highest level in recent history.

Men accounted for more than 80% of attempts to cross into the EU. The proportion of minors entering irregularly fell to around 9% of all entries.

The latest Frontex figures did not include the millions of Ukrainian refugees who entered the EU between February and December. Special emergency measures were introduced to facilitate their entry and help them find accommodation, training and short-term jobs.

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