The Blaze (h/t Nita) Of 331,553 illegal immigrants to the European nations in 2022, just 26,446 were women; the rest were labeled as “not available” which means the vast majority of illegal arrivals into Europe in 2022 were adult males.
From January 1 to December 31, 2022, almost 145,000 people migrated from what was described as the “Western Balkan” region, comprising Syrian, Afghan, and Turkish travelers. This region made up the largest share of illegal arrivals.
The second largest group came from the “Central Mediterranean,” which included those from Egypt, Tunisia, and Bangladesh. That pathway accounted for over 105,000 illegal immigrants.
Syrians by far were the single largest nationality, with over 98,000 recorded migrants. The second-highest was Afghanistan at 36,031. Of the 331,553 migrants, 70,726 made their way through Europe all the way to the English Channel to attempt to cross into the United Kingdom. More than half of those illegal immigrants (42,646) were of unknown countries of origin.
“There is much to suggest that illegal entry may increase in the next year in line with expected higher migratory pressure at the EU external borders in general,” the agency warned.