In the current year alone, according to the Brussels authorities, “more than 35,000 people have been rescued under Frontex responsibility, 45 percent of them in the central Mediterranean, 40 percent on the Atlantic route via the Canary Islands, 13 percent on the western Mediterranean route to Spain and two percent on the east route ”to Greece. In total, more than 840,000 migrants have been rescued from distress at sea and brought to Europe since 2015. The EU Commission is now throwing in these figures mainly because, among other things, NGOs have accused Europe of isolating itself from asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, there is no relaxation at the borders of Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, where the illegal entry of thousands of migrants is currently being prevented with massive personnel deployment – which is not always possible in the extensive forest area. Since the summer, the federal police in Germany have already identified more than 10,500 asylum seekers who had traveled on via Belarus, more than 2,500 in November alone. Some of them entered via Austria. Although in the meantime far fewer asylum seekers are flying to Belarus because the EU has put pressure on many airlines, according to the Federal Police at the German borders, “the situation is still not easing”, as “Welt” continues to report.