COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION Progress report on the Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration
1. This progress report highlights the key developments since the last European Agenda on Migration (EAM) report 7199/18 was published in March 2018, and aims to demonstrate the comprehensive nature of the work underway. Annexes carry data on specific issues.
Situation along the main migration routes, including child arrivals
2. The Commission highlights the move from winter to summer flows, which has in previous years seen sudden and often steep increases in flows. In their view, the EU should maintain the intensity of EU efforts to manage variable flows on all routes given that high migratory pressures remain; and Member States should remain vigilant, cooperate, and equip themselves with appropriate tools. Progress also needs to be made on child protection across all routes.
3. In the Eastern Mediterranean, between 1 January 2018 and 6 May 2018 there were 9349 arrivals on the Greek islands compared to 5582 arrivals in the same period in 2017. 6108 persons were detected crossing from Turkey into Greece via the land border; a nine-fold increase compared to 2017. The top nationalities are Turkish or Syrian. However, all flows are still much lower than they were prior to March 2016 when the EU-Turkey Statement came into effect.