Number of people illegally in EU grew 22% in 2021 – Eurostat
The number of people found to be illegally present in the European Union increased by 22% to reach nearly 700,000 in 2021, according to European statistics office data. Syrians made up the largest number, followed by Algerians and Afghans. The number of Afghans increased by about 55% compared with 2020, following the takeover of the country by the Taliban in August. Men accounted for about 87% of the total number reported by Eurostat, with more than half aged 18 to 34.
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