The number of detections of irregular border crossings at EU’s external borders rose 13% in the first seven months of 2023 to 176 100, the highest total for the January-July period since 2016, according to preliminary calculations*.
The increase was entirely driven by the number of arrivals through the Central Mediterranean, which remains the main migratory route into the EU and accounts for more than half of all detections at EU borders. The number of irregular crossings on this route more than doubled (+115%).
Nearly 2 800 standing corps officers and Frontex staff are involved in various operations supporting member states and neighbouring countries in protecting the EU's external borders and fighting crime.
- In July, there were nearly 42 700 detections of irregular border crossings at EU external borders, up 19% year-on-year. Highest since March 2016.
The Central Mediterranean route accounted for half of the irregular crossings into the EU so far this year.
Entries on other migratory routes into the EU declined in 2023.