The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has detected more than 13,000 cases of illegal border crossings at the external borders of the European Union in January.

In its monthly report, Frontex added that approximately 49% of the border crossings were witnessed by the West African and Western Mediterranean routes, a decrease compared to January 2022 due to the harsh weather conditions affecting the departures.

The agency indicated that migrants continue to leave from Tunisia, Libya and Turkey, noting that the total number increased by half, reaching 4,500 migrants, despite the decrease in the percentage of arrivals, compared to the same month last year.