The percentage of illegal entry into the European Union countries increased by 64 percent in 2022 compared to the previous year and reached 330 thousand.
According to data from the European border security agency Frontex, Illegal entry into the European Union It increased in 2021 and 2022 after the easing of restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The number of people who entered the border illegally in 2022 increased by 64 percent compared to the previous year and amounted to 330 thousand. This is from 2016 highest number It is registered as.
The Western Balkans was the most used route for entry last year. 145 thousand 600 people entered the European Union countries through this route. Entries from the Western Balkans increased by 136 percent compared to 2021, with the highest number of illegal crossings recorded on this route since 2015. It was Syrians who passed through the Western Balkans route illegally.
The number of arrivals from the Central Mediterranean, which is the second path, increased by 51 percent to 102,529 people. This route was used mostly by Egyptians, Tunisians and Bangladeshis. The number of arrivals from the eastern Mediterranean, in third place, increased by 108% to 42,831. Syrians, Afghans and Nigerians used the eastern Mediterranean route more than others.
According to Frontex data, the number of people entering the European Union via the Western Mediterranean route decreased by 21 percent last year. 14,582 people will enter the European Union in this way in 2022.
Noting that last year the EU and the Schengen-associated countries faced unprecedented challenges at their external borders, Frontex said in a statement: “These challenges range from state-organized migration by Belarus from 2021 to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.” .
Syrians, who ranked first in illegal entry into the European Union, were followed by Afghans and Tunisians.
In addition, from 24 February 2022 until the end of the year, around 13 million Ukrainian asylum seekers entered the EU’s external land borders from Ukraine and Moldova. In the same period, it was announced that 10 million Ukrainians would leave.
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