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Frontex sees sharp increase in EU migrant arrivals, no connection to Ukraine

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BRUSSELS (AP) – The number of migrants trying to enter the European Union without permits in the first three months…

BRUSSELS (AP) – The number of migrants trying to enter the European Union without permits in the first three months of this year has risen to the highest level since 2016, even excluding the refugees arriving from Ukraine, the said EU Border and Coast Guard on Tuesday with .

Frontex estimates that between January and March, more than 40,300 “illegal border crossings” were made into the 27-nation EU, a 57% increase over the same period last year.

Well over 1 million people, mostly from Syria, but also many Iraqis, came to the EU in 2015, overwhelming opportunities for admission. Their arrival sparked a major political crisis in Europe as nations clashed over who should look after them, and tensions still linger.

This year nearly 5 million people fled the war in Ukraine. Poland has taken in more than half of them, while Hungary has taken in nearly half a million, according to the UN refugee agency. Both countries refused to take in refugees from Syria and Iraq after 2015.

According to Frontex, the number of attempts to enter Europe via the Western Balkans without a permit more than doubled in the first quarter of 2022, with over 18,300 border crossings detected. Most were Syrians and Afghans.

More than 5,100 attempts have been made by the EU island nation of Cyprus, a tripling per year.

Frontex also said the number of migrants trying to reach the UK via the English Channel almost tripled to almost 8,900 in early 2022 compared to the first quarter of last year. Around half were prevented from crossing.

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