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No alternative routes for the moment east of the Mediterranean

(credit: Italian Navy)
(credit: Italian Navy)

(B2) The blockade of migrants between Turkey and Greece is more or less effective. The director of Frontex confirmed this earlier in the European Parliament.

Around a hundred arrivals every day in Greece

« The number of arrivals has dropped significantly. Around a hundred migrants per day arrive in Greece explains Fabrice Leggeri. Many migrants are waiting in Turkey to cross. Corn " there is no indication that there is a move from Turkey to Libya ", at least for now. “We can clearly see an increase in the number of migrants from Libya to Italy. But that's another question. This is immigration from Africa. »

No alternative routes used extensively

Likewise, passage via alternative routes – Black Sea, Bulgaria, Albania – remains very limited for the moment. “ We did not notice any significant passage. These are a few isolated cases, from western Greece mainly to Italy. (...) For now, so the situation seems frozen ».

On the order of a few dozen people

It's about " a few dozen people », a good expert on the file told B2. Either they are people who take advantage of the opportunity, individually. But " it is perhaps also a way of testing new routes” he ventures. In any case to be continued…

An extension of the operational area of ​​Frontex in progress

At Frontex, “ we are closely monitoring the situation confirms Fabrice Leggeri. The operational area of ​​aerial surveillance has been extended " in agreement with the Italian authorities » to the entire Adriatic area “to control possible passages from Albania and Montenegro to Italy”. And the European agency is “ ready to redeploy its activities if necessary », at sea or in the sky, particularly towards Italy which today faces a new flow of migrant (or refugee) arrivals more than Greece.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).