Doh! Surge in illegal border crossings adds to militant threat: EU report

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU member states reported a record 1.82 million illegal border crossings last year, a surge that made Europe more vulnerable to militant attacks, border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

The figure was six times more than the previous record in 2014.

Syrian nationals accounted for the largest proportion of arrivals, although the share of Afghans rose significantly towards the end of the year and Iraqis were the third largest nationality using this route.