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5/2/15

EU Immigrants: Is Bulgaria’s border wall forcing migrants to risk deadly crossings?

Europe-bound migrants are being forced to try the world’s deadliest sea crossing because of tighter security at other land borders, latest figures suggest.

Migrants arriving in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea rose by 295 percent in 2014, according to data from the UN’s refugee agency.

In contrast, numbers entering Greece and Bulgaria by land from Turkey have decreased over the last two years, after both countries introduced increased border security.

William Spindler, spokesman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said there is a link between the two trends, claiming increased security on the borders with Bulgaria and Greece has ‘made migrants try more dangerous routes’.

Up to 1,500 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in the first four months of this year, against the 3,500 that perished in 2014.

Read more: Is Bulgaria’s border wall forcing migrants to risk deadly crossings? | euronews, world news

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