More migrants reached Italy than Greece in April, Frontex says

More migrants reached Italy than Greece in April, the EU border agency Frontex says, with the trend switching for the first time since June 2015 on the back of a migration-stemming deal between the European Union and Turkey.

"The drop in the number of arrivals on the Greek islands was dramatic," Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri says in a statement, with less than 2,700 migrants arriving on Greek islands in April - down 90 per cent from the previous month.

On the Central Mediterranean route leading to Italy, 8,370 migrants were detected in April. This is, however, 13 per cent less than in March and a nearly 50 per cent drop when compared to April 2015.

Most of the Central Mediterranean migrants were Eritreans, Egyptians and Nigerians, while Syrians accounted for most migrants arriving in Greece. There is "no new signs of a significant shift of migrants" from the eastern to the central Mediterranean route, Frontex says.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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