Migratory situation at EU’s borders in September: Increase on the Central Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes

The number of illegal border crossings at EU’s external borders in the first nine months of 2021 rose 68% to 133 900*, according to preliminary calculations. This is 47% more than in 2019 before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic when the number of illegal border crossings amounted to 91 000.