Attempts to illegally enter the European Union’s borders in the first half of the year fell by 68% to 116,000 compared to the first half of 2016, but rose in Italy and Spain.

In the route of the Central Mediterranean were detected 85,000 attempts of entrance in Italy between January and June
FAZRY ISMAIL / EPA

Attempts at illegal entry into the European Union (EU) borders in the first half of the year fell 68% to 116,000 compared to the first half of 2016, but rose in Italy and Spain, Frontex said on Thursday.

According to a report by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), 85,000 attempts to enter Italy between January and June were detected on the Central Mediterranean route (21% more than in the same period last year). Only in June, there were more than 30,700 people who tried to reach Italy.

Also on the Western Mediterranean route, the number of detections of illegal entries increased, almost tripping year-on-year to more than 9,000. This route is used to enter the Spanish enclaves and Ceuta and Melilla, as well as for sea crossing.

On routes from the Eastern Mediterranean (which leads to Greece) and the Western Balkans the numbers retreated, according to a Frontex press release.

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