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Bangladeshi influx nearly doubles Italy's migrant arrivals

AP  |  Rome 

European authorities say that an influx of Bangladeshis coming from Libya has contributed to a near-doubling of migrants arriving in last month.

The European Union's Frontex border patrol agency said Wednesday that there were 10,900 detections of illegal border crossings into the European Union at the three main border crossings some 9,000 from the central Mediterranean route, with the rest from the Greek islands and the western Balkans.

That's less than a 10th of the figure from the same period last year, but 46 percent higher than in January because of the unusually busy Libya-route.

Frontex said Guinean and Bangladeshis were the top nationalities reaching last month, with Bangladeshis often flying to Tripoli on work visas and then paying smugglers to get to

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 22:13 IST