In Q3 of 2021, a total of 49,092 of migrants and refugees were registered arriving through the three Mediterranean routes and the Western African Atlantic route to Europe, which is 55 per cent higher than the 31,563 arrivals registered in the same period in 2020, and 8 per cent more than the 45,308 registered in Q3 of 2019. Arrivals in Q3 of 2021 are 38 per cent higher compared to the previous reporting period (35,445 in Q2 2021).
More than half (53%) of all registered individuals in Q3 2021 arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean route to Italy and Malta (26,017). Around 31 per cent of arrivals were registered in Spain, through the Western Mediterranean and Western African Atlantic routes (15,130). The remaining 16 per cent travelled through the Eastern Mediterranean route to Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria (7,945).
Compared to Q3 of last year, arrivals have increased in absolute numbers in all routes to Europe: +51 per cent of arrivals via the Central Mediterranean route (CMR), +44 per cent of arrivals via the Western Mediterranean (WMR) and Western African Atlantic routes (WAAR), and + 108 per cent of through the Eastern Mediterranean route (EMR) compared to the arrivals registered in Q3 of 2020.