|Published : 16 Mar 2017, 11:46:36|
Bangladeshi influx doubles Italy's migrant arrivals
Bangladeshis and Guinean were the top nationalities reaching Italy last month, European authorities said on Wednesday.
The European Union's Frontex border patrol agency said that an influx of Bangladeshis coming from Libya has contributed to a near-doubling of migrants arriving in Italy in February, reports AP.
The agency said that Bangladeshis often flying to Tripoli on work visas and then paying smugglers to get to Europe.
Frontex said that there were 10,900 detections of illegal border crossings into the European Union at the three main border crossings.
In the border crossings - some 9,000 were from the central Mediterranean route, with the rest from the Greek islands and the western Balkans, the authorities said.