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  • is less than one-tenth of the arrivals in the same period in 2016, but 46% more than in January.
  • the monthly increase is essentially due to the increase in arrivals to the Italian coast, about 9,000 during February, more than double that of the previous month.
  • to the less 71,000 refugees blocked in Greece and Serbia after one year of the closing of borders.

 boat arrival in Malaga 2 March 2017

more than 10,900 immigrants arrived in Europe during February past through three main routes of Immigration according to the European Agency of borders (Frontex), which represents less than one-tenth of the arrivals in the same period in 2016 , but 46% more than in January.

the monthly increase is essentially due to the increase in arrivals to the Italian coast, about 9,000 during February, more than double that of the previous month. Despite the bad weather conditions in the Mediterranean Sea, between January and February were on the coasts of Italy a total of 13.440 arrivals.

the citizens of Guinea and Bangladesh were the two main nationalities among those immigrants, while the majority of African migrants arrive in Libya by land, Bangladeshis use airway. According to Frontex, they tend to come to Tripoli with a work visa and there pay a network of traffickers to reach the coast and continue journey to Italy.

compared to the increase of arrival in that country, the number of immigrants who arrived in the Greek Eastern Aegean Islands fell in February and stood at more than one thousand, which is one-third less than the previous month and a noticeable drop in inter-annual terms, said Frontex. The total arrivals to the Greek Islands in the first two months of 2017 was little more than 2,500.

the land route through the continental Greece and Bulgaria also showed a similar trend, with 180 arrivals during February. On the route of the Western Balkans Frontex detected during February something less 1,000 illegal crossing of borders, which represents a decrease of 36% in monthly terms and less than 3% of the figure recorded in the same period in 2016. On that route, the main nationalities are the Afghan and Pakistan.