More migrant arrivals compared to last year
The number of illegal migrant arrivals on the islands of the eastern Aegean is on the rise compared to last year, according to data released by the European Union border agency, Frontex.
"In the first seven months of this year, the total number of detections in the Eastern Mediterranean was down 6 percent from a year ago to almost 28,200," it said.
Frontex said that despite the overall decrease, arrivals on the Aegean islands increased by a quarter compared to the same period last year.
"Most of the migrants detected on this route were nationals of Afghanistan," it said. At the same time, Frontex said almost 2,900 entered Europe via the Western Mediterranean route - a 22 percent rise compared to June. The vast majority of these migrants came from Sub-Saharan Africa.
"The total for the January-July period stood at around 13,000, 41 percent less than in the same...