Frontex records jump in unauthorized migration

Migration into the EU is still down overall compared to 2019.

Frontex records jump in unauthorized migration

Frontex recorded a major jump in entries to the EU along major migration routes in May compared to the previous month.

The EU border agency recorded around 4,300 unauthorized crossings last month, according to the Funke Media Group, tripling April’s figures.

It’s a sign that migration may be ramping up again after a historic dip in April. The 85 percent drop in recorded crossings was driven by the coronavirus, Frontex said, including delays in reporting. Overall, there were about 31,600 unauthorized entries into the EU during the first five months of this year, down about 6 percent compared to the same period in 2019, according to the report.

The top route is through Turkey and Greece, but traffic was down about 28 percent this year, with most of the migrants coming from Afghanistan. And only half as many people made the trip from Morocco to Spain compared to last year.

However, there has been a 50 percent increase in people using a route through the Western Balkans, according to the German news organization. The number of people arriving in Italy and Malta from Tunisia and Libya was up three-fold compared to the first five months of 2019.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said anti-racism protests in the United States are a “sign of some deep-seated internal crises.”

In excerpts of an interview with state-owned Rossiya 1 television posted Sunday, Putin linked the unrest prompted by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, to Washington’s coronavirus response — which he compared unfavorably to Moscow’s.

“Things connected to the fight with the coronavirus have shone a spotlight on general problems,” he said, according to AFP. While Russia is “exiting the coronavirus situation steadily with minimal losses, God willing,” he added, “in the States it isn’t happening that way.”

Russia has registered around 529,000 cases, the third highest in the world and around the quarter of the size of the U.S. outbreak. It has recorded just under 7,000 deaths from COVID-19 but there are suspicions that this is a gross underestimate. Moscow has also been accused by the EU of promoting disinformation on the pandemic.

In the interview, Putin went on to knock U.S. President Donald Trump’s leadership and authority.

“I think the problem is that group interests, party interests are put higher than the interests of the whole of society and the interests of the people [in the U.S.],” Putin said.

“The president says we need to do such-and-such but the governor somewhere tells him where to go,” he said. By contrast, in Russia, Putin continued, “I doubt anyone in the government or the regions would say ‘we’re not going to do what the government says, what the president says, we think it’s wrong’.”

Putin also criticized the violent turn of some of the U.S. protests: “If this fight for natural rights, legal rights, turns into mayhem and rioting, I see nothing good for the country,”

Also on Sunday, the RIA news agency quoted Putin predicting that Russia would have the technology to counteract hypersonic weapons by the time such weapons are developed by major powers, according to Reuters. Hypersonic weapons are a key front in the U.S.-Russia arms race, according to Reuters.

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