Smugglers try new migration route through Black Sea to Romania

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 20.9.2017 12:22

During August and September approximately 500 migrants, mainly from the Middle East, arrived across the Black Sea to Romania, the Romanian coastguard announced on Monday 18 September. In addition, seven suspected people-smugglers from Turkey, Bulgaria, Syria and other countries were arrested.

On Tuesday 12 September, Frontex announced that this increase is likely to be the result of wider efforts by smugglers trying to find out whether it is possible to send migrants to Romania instead of the Greek islands. However, it is still premature to talk about opening of a new migratory route and, furthermore, the flow of migrants is expected to decrease as a result of cooler weather. Also, conditions on the Black Sea are even more dangerous than on the Mediterranean route and the migrants themselves might prefer countries in the Schengen area, which is not the case of Romania. Concerns over the new migration route have increased when a truck was detained by the German police near the Polish border on Saturday 16 September. In the vehicle, there were 51 migrants likely coming from Iraq, and the numbers of similar cases on German and Polish territory and borders have been increasing in recent weeks.

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