Migrant arrivals in EU rises 86% in first 7 months of 2022
In July alone, the number increased by 63% year-over-year to 34,570, according to a news release publishing the preliminary data.
More than 14,866 irregular entries, "nearly three times more" than in July last year, were recorded via the Western Balkan route, which continues to be "the most active."
The main nationalities on this route were migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Türkiye.
The central Mediterranean route was used by more than 42,500 migrants between January and July, an increase of 44% compared to the first seven months of last year.
The number of detections on the Eastern Mediterranean route remained high with 22,601 arrivals, "more than double" compared to last year.
On the EU's eastern border, the number of illegal crossings has fallen by 32% since the start of the year, to 2,923.
The main nationalities present on this route were Ukrainian, Iraqi and Belarusian nationals.
A 129-page investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) found that Frontex, under former executive director Fabrice Leggeri, was complicit in Greek efforts to force migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the Aegean Sea to return to Turkey, German magazine Der Spiegel wrote.
The confidential report was also seen by France's Le Monde newspaper and investigative outfit Lighthouse Reports. It follows repeated allegations by aid groups that Frontex was turning a blind eye to Greek human rights violations at sea.