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The number of migrants arriving in the European Union increased by 86% in the January-July period compared to the same period last year, the European border agency Frontex said .
In July alone, the number rose 63% year over year to 34,570, according to a press release. Some 155,090 migrants arrived in the EU from January to July, Frontex said.
Ukrainian refugees entering the EU through border points are not included in the figures, the agency said.
According to Frontex, 7.7 million Ukrainian citizens have entered the EU since the Russian invasion began in February. More than 14,866 irregular entries, "almost three times more" than in July last year, were recorded through the Western Balkans route, which continues to be "more active".
The main nationalities on this route were immigrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey. The central Mediterranean route was used by more than 42,500 migrants between January and July, a 44% increase compared to the first seven months of last year.
The number of discoveries on the Eastern Mediterranean route remained high with 22,601 arrivals, "more than double" compared to last year.
The number of arrivals in Cyprus accounted for more than half of the total number of detections, with the majority of migrants coming from Syria, Nigeria and Congo.