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Record month for migrants

By Duncan Mil

August 19, 2015 - A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union’s borders in July, far outstripping the previous monthly record of 70,000 in June, according to the EU border agency Frontex.

This brings the number of detections in the January-July period to nearly 340,000, compared to 123,500 recorded in the same period of last year and 280,000 in all of 2014. This has created an unprecedented pressure on border control authorities in Greece, Italy and Hungary says Frontex.

UNHCR said that in July 50,242 people, mostly fleeing the conflict in Syria, arrived in Greece compared to 43,500 for the whole of last year

Italy detected more than 20,000 migrants last month, bringing the total number to 93,500 so far in 2015. Frontex reports that nine in 10 migrants taking the perilous journey from Libya to Italy come from Africa, mainly Eritrea and Nigeria.

In the Western Balkans, the Hungarian authorities reported more than 34,800 detections from January to July.

PUBLISHED: 19/08/2015; STORY: Graphic News