Frontex reports about 350 000 migrants entered the EU so far in 2016

Frontex, the EU’s border agency, has reported that 350 000 people have arrived in the EU so far this year. The number is a sharp fall from last year’s total.

Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of the Frontex border agency, told German news outlet “Ruhr Nachrichten” that around 180 000 people arrived by way of Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean region, while roughly 170 000 crossed into the EU using the central Mediterranean route from Libya and Egypt.

The number is a sharp drop from the more than one million migrants and refugees who entered the EU last year. Leggeri suggested that the deal reached between the EU and Turkey in March was a significant factor in why the number had fallen.

Leggeri said that while the deal has been working, the EU must now turn its attention to the African countries from where many migrants were departing.

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