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Answer – Syrian arrivals and shift in migration flows – P-004005/2016

The Commission is closely monitoring the situation on the ground and any possible shift in migratory routes. According to latest available information the most recent arrivals to Italy confirm that, while incidents involving boats originating from Egypt have increased, the vast majority of incidents continue to involve boats that had departed from Libya.

The few and isolated incidents involving boats arriving directly from Turkey indicate a slight displacement from the Eastern to the Central Mediterranean but illegal crossings from Greece and Turkey to Italy are fewer in number than in 2015 and it is not possible so far to confirm the development of a new travel route to Italy as a consequence of the closure of the Balkan route. According to the available information the number of Syrians or of other nationalities characteristic on the Balkan route does not match the nationalities predominantly arriving to Italy.

In line with the European Agenda on Migration(1) (EAM), the EU is assisting Italy, among others, through the ‘Hotspot’ approach. EU agencies, namely Frontex, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Europol, provide operational assistance to Italy in accordance with their respective mandate in the field of managing the external borders (Joint Operation Triton), dealing with applications for international protection and combating serious organised crime such as the facilitation of irregular migration.

The Commission’s Communication of 7 June 2016 on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the EAM(2) set out a number of immediate and short term actions, which should provide for a direct impact on the root causes of the migratory movements affecting the Central Mediterranean.

(1) COM(2015) 240 final.
(2) COM(2016) 385 final.