By land or by sea: Huddled masses of Africa, Asia, Middle East use 4 routes to European Union

March 26, 2015 4:08 AM

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DUBLIN – Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to trafficking gangs.

Frontex, the EU agency that helps member nations detect migrants on the bloc's frontiers, documents the flow of illegal immigration on principal smuggling routes. These keep evolving in response to every government initiative.

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