Immigration: record numbers via sea in third quarter of 2013

Increase in migrants landing in Sicily, Lampedusa, says FRONTEX

03 March, 17:02

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 3 - Migrants landing in the EU via sea reached record levels in the third quarter of 2013, European Union agency for external border security FRONTEX made known Monday.

    The agency said 42,618 people came ashore in the period, four times as many as in the first quarter of 2013. The increase was due to record numbers landing in Sicily (12,000) and the Italian island of Lampedusa (8,000).

    Migration picked up significantly in the central Mediterranean, and combined with the numbers from the Ionian and Aegean Seas, the data showed that more people reached EU soil than at any time during 2011, the year of the Arab Spring.


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