Illegal migration into Europe soared in 2022, reaching the highest levels since the 2016 migrant crisis, according to new data released by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
Year-end figures published by the agency reflect a stunning 64% increase of illegal migration in 2022 over the prior year.
Approximately 330,000 illegal crossings were detected at the external borders of the European Union last year.
"After the pandemic-induced low in 2020, this was the second year in a row with a steep rise in the number of irregular entries," Frontex explained in the new report.
"The Western Balkan route accounted for nearly half of the total. Syrians, Afghans and Tunisians together accounted for 47% of the detections in 2022. The number of Syrians roughly doubled to 94,000."
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of illegal migrants invading Europe are adult males.
"Women accounted for fewer than one in ten of the detections, while the share of reported minors fell slightly to around 9 percent of all detections," Frontex said.
In addition to rampant illegal migration, approximately 13 million refugees from Ukraine entered the E.U. over a 10-month span last year, with around 10 million reportedly re-migrating during the same period.
Frontex figures may significantly underplay the ongoing crisis, as the Hungarian government recently announced nearly 270,000 illegal crossings were thwarted at their borders alone in 2022, up from around 122,000 in 2021.
In November, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria announced the formation of a 'joint border defense force' aimed at tackling illegal migration in the Western Balkans region.
In mid-2020, Europol predicted a flood of migration from third world countries heavily affected by global lockdowns and economic deceleration.
This article was originally published by InfoWars Europe.