Frontex: Migratory flows to Europe in February down by two-thirds, compared to last year

Migratory flows to the European Union dropped to 3,400 in February, down by nearly three-quarters for the same month in 2017, the EU’s border and coast guard agency Frontex said on Thursday.

According to Frontex data, the total number of irregular border crossings in January and February fell to 12,000 in four major routes – three in the Mediterranean and one in the western Balkans – mainly due to a drop in migrants coming through the central Mediterranean route.

In February, the number of irregular migrants taking the Eastern Mediterranean route, mainly reaching the Greek islands, stood at 1,600, roughly in line with the number from February 2017. In the first two months of this year, more than 3,900 migrants entered the EU through the Eastern Mediterranean route, 11% more than in the same period of 2016, Frontex said. The largest number of migrants on this route in the first two months of the year were nationals of Turkey and Syria.