Friday, February 2, 2024

EU Illegal Immigration Hits Highest Level Since 2016 Migrant Crisis; EU Illegal Migration to Continue to Increase in 2024, Will Play Major Factor in Parliament Elections: Report

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EU Illegal Immigration Hits Highest Level Since 2016 Migrant Crisis
Illegal migration into the European Union has hit its highest level since 2016 after surging by 17 per cent over last year, according to calculations from the Frontex European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
Preliminary figures released from Frontex on Tuesday showed that recorded border crossings by illegals rose to an estimated 380,000 in 2023, the highest figure recorded since 2016 amid the European Migrant Crisis following former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to open the gates to mass migration.
The border agency noted that the increase witnessed last year follows a “consistent upward trend over the past three years” and was a 17 per cent jump over 2022.
According to Frontex, approximately eight in ten illegal migrants recorded entering the EU in 2023 were adult males, while just ten per cent were women and another ten per cent were minors under the age of 18. However, the number of unaccompanied minors rose by 28 per cent over the previous year, totalling more than 20,000 in 2023.
Syrians accounted for over a quarter of all illegal crossings, with 100,000 illegals from the country being recorded as entering the EU last year, the highest number among all nationalities. They were followed by illegals from Guinea and Afghanistan. Combined, the top three nationalities comprised 37 per cent of all illegal migrants who entered the bloc.
The data also found a “noticeable increase in African migrants, particularly from West Africa,” who now account for nearly half (47 per cent) of all illegals detected breaking into the European Union last year.
Frontex reported that the most active route for illegals remained the Central Mediterranean, which accounted for 41 per cent of all crossings in 2023. This was followed by the Western Balkans route at 26 per cent and the Eastern Mediterranean at 16 per cent --->READ MORE HERE
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EU Illegal Migration to Continue to Increase in 2024, Will Play Major Factor in Parliament Elections: Report
Illegal migration into the EU will rise in 2024 despite promises of ‘cracking down’ from politicians and will be a major factor in upcoming elections, a think tank predicted.
This week, the Frontex European Border and Coast Guard Agency reported that recorded illegal migration into the EU hit its highest level since 2016 during the Migrant Crisis, with an estimated 380,000 illegal crossings recorded in 2023.
Meanwhile, according to a report from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), EU asylum claims rose by 21.2 per cent to one million applications last year, again the highest level since 2016.
The Austrian-based think tank predicted that there will likely be a further surge of illegal immigration into the bloc by migrants seeking to enter European countries — including the UK — before promised restrictions on migratory flows come into place.
“I call it the closed-shop effect. People will hear all these measures on migration announced in election campaigns and will think they have to be here [in the EU] before they come into force,” ICMPD director general Michael Spindelegger told The Guardian.
The ICMPD went on to predict that the likelihood of Donald Trump — who has promised to crack down on illegal border crossings and a massive deportation effort — taking office in the United States will probably result in migrants from countries like Venezuela and Colombia taking advantage of visa-free tourism in Spain to move to Europe rather than in America. --->READ MORE HERE
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