The EU migratory challenge

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Written by Piotr Bąkowski

Detections of illegal border crossings in the EU (January – June 2015) Detections of illegal border crossings in the EU (January – June 2015)

The European Union currently faces a massive surge in migration resulting from mixed flows of asylum-seekers and other migrants. As presented in our latest infographic on Recent migration flows to the EU, there has been a sharp rise in the number of illegal crossings of the EU’s external borders. Two previous EPRS publications on Irregular immigration in the EU: Facts and Figures and Asylum in the EU: Facts and Figures also report on the increasing number of third-country nationals illegally crossing EU borders and seeking asylum in EU Member States. With hundreds of thousands of people embarking on perilous journeys, the number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea has grown exponentially, as evidenced by the International Organization for Migration, which quotes the figure of over 2 700 victims in 2015 so far, as…

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