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Migrant Arrivals in Greece Drop 90%


The number of migrants arriving in Greece dropped 90 percent in April, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday.

Frontex said 2,700 people arrived in Greece from Turkey in April, most of them from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, a 90 percent fall from March. Under the deal with Turkey, all migrants and refugees who cross to Greece illegally across the sea are sent back. In Italy, 8,370 migrants arrived through the longer and more dangerous route from northern Africa, Frontex added.

Frontex said there was no sign of migrants shifting from the route via Greece to the central Mediterranean route. The number of people arriving in Italy in April was 13 percent lower than in March and half of that of April 2015, Frontex added.

Frontex was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline cooperation between national border authorities. It promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management.


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