Irregular Migration in Eastern Europe and Ukraine is in the focus of the new issue of Border Security Report
The new issue of Border Security Report covering March-April 2018 states that the migration situation in Ukraine is not threatful and irregular migration has not become a significant problem (issue) for the Ukrainian state.
In 2017, Ukraine faced the tendency of a decreasing of a number of irregular migrants detained for trying to enter European Union illegally (10 months of 2017 – 553, 9 months of 2016 – 783). The number of the irregular migrants detained on the border with Hungary increased in 3.2 times (9 months 2017 – 104, 9 months 2016 – 337), which can be explained by the changes of migration policy – more severe than it was before 2016. At the same time, there was increasing of the number of migrants, detained on the border with the Republic of Poland (on 42%, 9 months 2017 – 111, 9 months 2016 – 78), Slovakia (on 39%, 9 months 2017 – 237, 9 months 2016 – 171), and Romania (on 15%, 9 months 2017 – 47, 9 months 2016 – 41). This was due to not only the changes of migration flaws but also as the consequences of effective enhancement of the border and the fulfillment of joint coordination measures. Because of the capacity enhancement on the eastern borders, the number of apprehended illegal migrants on the border with the Russian Federation, i.e. on the main channels of migrants’ arrival to Ukraine increased in 2,5 times (9 months 2017 – 58, 9 months 2016 – 25). The main category of illegal migrants, detained at the trial to enter the EU via the territory of Ukraine, were citizens of Vietnam (135), India (89), Turkey (53) and Bangladesh (44).
At the same time, the report notes activation of the usage of legal channels to enter Ukraine by the potential irregular migrants from India (297), Alger (176), Morocco (111), Livia (85), Pakistan (73), and Turkey (71).
The full Border Security Report is available at the following link.