In its 2020 risk analysis report, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency tasked with controlling the EU’s Schengen Area, found that 97% of migrants who were caught attempting to enter the area illegally in 2019 were men, and mostly military-aged young men.
Voice of Europe (h/t Marvin W) The report notes that while overall illegal migration slightly decreased last year, an increase in illegal migration along the Western Balkan Route and around Greece was seen.
In 2019, there were 83,333 illegal border crossings along the Eastern Mediterranean route near Greece, nearly 30,000 more than were seen in the previous year.
Illegal border crossings along the Western Balkan Route jumped nearly three-fold, from 6,000 in 2018 to just over 15,000 last year.
In contrast, both Western and Central Mediterranean routes saw substantial decreases in the number illegal border-crossings in 2019 than were seen in the previous year.