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Parliamentary questions
4 July 2008
Answer given by Mr Barrot on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the importance of the phenomenon referred to by the Honourable Member. There is, however, no current collection of statistical data at EU level on illegal maritime crossings. By their very nature, such crossings are impossible to be accurately recorded. The only data available from some Member States is on migrants intercepted while illegally attempting to cross the maritime external borders.

The following table (extracted from the impact assessment to the Commission Communication Examining the creation of a European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur)(1), provides the most recent data the Commission has on intercepted migrants; they cover the first part of the year 2007. The Commission has not yet received data from the Member States for the first months of 2008.

Member StateNumber of migrants intercepted at sea or arrived on the shore in 2007Source
Spain:CanariesGibraltar area(2).5680 (by end of June 2007)2138 (by end of June 2007)Spanish Police
Malta1174 (by 15 August 2007)Ministry of Interior
Italy:Lampedusa8937 (by 30 August 2007)Ministry of Interior
Greece2782 migrants intercepted at sea (by end of July 2007)Ministry of Mercantile Marine

(1)COM(2008)68 final.
(2)Including Ceuta and Melilla.

OJ C 999, 01/01/2009
Last updated: 5 August 2008Legal notice