EU illegal migrant arrivals fall but stronger borders needed - Frontex head

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
EU illegal migrant arrivals fall but stronger borders needed - Frontex head

Author: Clare Roth | Reuters | 20 February 2019

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The number of illegal migrants entering the European Union fell sharply for the third year in a row in 2018 but arrivals remain high and stronger border controls are needed, the head of the EU’s border control agency Frontex said Wednesday.

Fabrice Leggeri said that despite the drop in arrivals to 150,114 last year from 204,750 in 2017, the agency was still beefing up its border control measures through more staff and technology. “Three is no burning crisis with the irregular crossing at external borders,” Leggeri told a news conference.

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