BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates published on Friday.
The border and coast guard agency Frontex said around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018, the lowest number in five years and far below the peak of more than a million recorded in 2015.
Arrivals - Spain - Route - Morocco - Peninsula
Arrivals in Spain doubled to 57,000, making the route from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula the most active in Europe and putting immigration in the spotlight in Spain ahead of a spate of elections this year.
The number who reached Italy, which has taken measures to prevent rescued migrants landing, fell 80 percent to around 23,000, the fewest since 2012.
Arrivals - Greece - Cyprus - Eastern - Mediterranean
Arrivals in Greece and Cyprus through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route rose to...
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