Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex
Warsaw (AFP) - Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday.
"Around 280,000 migrants entered the EU in 2014 compared to just over 100,000 in the previous year. It's a huge increase," Frontex spokeswoman Ewa Moncure told AFP.
"Last year Syrian nationals were the most numerous at the borders, and we know what they are fleeing," Moncure said, referring to the four-year civil war that has ravaged the country.
Hundreds of people have died in recent months as waves of migrants from North Africa and Middle East conflict zones try to reach Europe, fuelling criticism of rescue efforts.