EU: Flow of migrants from North Africa slowing

February 25, 2011 16:38


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WARSAW, Poland — The head of the European Union's border control agency on Friday said the number of North African migrants trying to reach Europe has fallen significantly in past days due to choppy seas and beefed-up law enforcement.

Frontex director Ilkka Laitinen also said that Tunisians who arrived illegally on the Italian island of Lampedusa in recent weeks are being slowly returned home. He said his Warsaw-based agency has also seen a reverse flow, with North Africans in Europe returning home — possibly to play a role in the uprisings.

Laitinen told The Associated Press on Friday that his agency will continue to work hard with EU members to stop the flow of illegal migrants into Europe. It has already beefed up checks at the Greek-Turkish border, a popular entry point for North Africans.

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