124,000 Illegal migrants entered Europe in 2020 despite COVID-19 lockdowns, EU border agency says

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by A.P.

The number of illegal migrants who entered the European Union dropped by 13 percent this year, the lowest yearly figure seen since 2013, something that likely occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the travel restrictions put in place by national governments.

According to figures released from the European Union’s border protection agency Frontex, 124,000 illegal migrants managed to make their way into the bloc in 2020, with illegal crossings at land borders dropping considerably and arrivals at seaports skyrocketing.

As has been witnessed in previous years, of the newly arrived illegals, Syrians were the largest nationality represented, followed by Moroccans, Tunisians, and Algerians.

The border protection agency reported that fewer women and children attempted to penetrate the bloc’s outer borders this year.