(AP) — The European Union’s border agency says the number of migrants crossing the western Mediterranean Sea into Spain more than doubled in the first 8 months of this year, compared with the same period in 2017.
Frontex said in a statement Friday that from January to August it recorded "some 29,600 irregular border crossings on the western Mediterranean route, more than double the figure from a year ago." Some 6,500 people reached Spain last month, also more than double the figure for August 2017.
Most people were from Morocco, Guinea and Mali.
Frontex said that, more broadly, the number of people crossing the entire Mediterranean fell by 40% from last year to around 86,500.
This was due to a sharp drop in people leaving strife-torn Libya for Italy, a main migrant route to Europe in recent years.