Arrivals of migrants to the EU fall but increase by 48% en route to the Canary Islands

All migration routes bound for European Union Decreases recorded in January, excluding combining Africa And Canary Islands across the Atlantic. According to preliminary data from the European external border control agency (frontex), the number of immigrants arriving irregularly decreased by one-third in the first month of 2024 compared to December, reaching approximately 14 thousand people. Arrivals to the Canary Islands increased by 48%. This means they reached the Canary archipelago 6,643 people irregular, almost twice that in December And 10 times more than a year ago.

This route is the route with the highest increase in irregular crossings. The agency, headquartered in Warsaw, attributes this trend to “an increase in demand for sub-Saharan migrants” in transit. Mauritania With the intention of reaching European territory via the islands, to which the President of the Commission paid an official visit last week, Ursula von der Leyenand the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro SánchezIn order to strengthen cooperation and stop the departure of the Cayucos. In return, both executives promised some money. 500 million to promote development.

“In recent months, people smugglers have been cramming increasing numbers of migrants into small wooden fishing boats, known as cayucos, putting the lives of those on board at greater risk,” Frontex said. said. Borders of the EU. According to the agency, there are currently 170 Frontex agents and staff providing support to the Canary Islands and Spain. Western Mediterranean. In total, the agency has 2,370 agents in various operations.

There is a decline in the rest

Significant declines were recorded on all routes except Atlantic. In the case of Central Mediterraneanarrivals dropped by 71% and 1,533 people arrived, mostly Tunisia, Bangladesh And Syria. Arrivals to Spain via the country also fell by 66%. Western Mediterranean While it led to the arrest of 624 people in January, East Mediterraneanbetween Türkiye And Greece, 41% with 3,995 seized. same trend Western Balkan route with a 30% decrease (740 people caught) at the border between Belarus and in the Baltic republics (269 people arrested), with a decrease of 2% and english channel 3,168 people were caught trying to enter the UK, a decrease of 4%.

Source: Informacion

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