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January 9, 2018

EU borders were violated illegally more than 200,000 times in 2017

In 2017, the number of illegal border-crossings into the EU decreased for the second year in a row, Frontex states in the report released on January 5. 

“According to preliminary data, there were some 204 300 illegal border-crossings in 2017, 60% fewer than the previous year,” the statement says. 

Meanwhile, Frontex notes that Spain faced the biggest migratory pressure since 2009, when the agency started its observations. 

According to the agency, “the sudden plunge in the number of irregular migrants reaching Italy in mid-2017 was arguably the most significant development at the external borders of the EU since the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement in March 2016.” 

It should be noted that the migratory pressure at EU’s external border with Turkey in 2017 remained roughly at the level of 2016 after the EU-Turkey deal came into force. 

It has been informed earlier that more than 171,000 migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2017.