The border and coastguard agency Frontex said around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018, which is the lowest number since 2013, due to the fact significantly less migrants are taking the central Mediterranean route from Libya, Algeria or Tunisia to Italy. This is a result of strict policies implemented by Italian government that closed the ports to migrants` boats and introduced new anti-immigrant legislation. While the number of those arriving to Italy decreased, the route through Spain became more popular, where the spike is crossings has been registered.
[Europe] Illegal migration to EU falls to lowest level in 5 years -- but spikes in Spain
05 Jan 2019