Migrants Attempting to Get to Europe Has Increased in 2013

“Number of Migrants Trying Reach Europe Illegally Rose Sharply in 2013,” by Matina Stevis for the Wall Street Journal:

The number of migrants and refugees found crossing illegally into the European Union rose sharply in 2013, with Syrians and Eritreans arriving in their tens of thousands according to official figures released Wednesday.

A report compiled by Frontex, the European Union border agency, showed that Italy bore the brunt of the rise as the number of migrants reaching its shores, mainly from Libya, tripled from 2012 to over 40,000. In total, 107,365 undocumented migrants—people attempting to cross into the EU without a visa or other permit—were detected at EU borders in 2013, a 48% increase from the year before…

 

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