800,000 'irregular' EU entries in 2015: Frontex
AFP/DPA/The Local · 4 Nov 2015, 10:00
Published: 04 Nov 2015 08:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Nov 2015 10:00 GMT+01:00
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Some migrants entering Europe without the right to asylum should be "locked up if necessary", Frontex director Fabrice Leggeri told the tabloid.
"Anyone who has entered illegally and has no right to asylum must quickly be sent back to his homeland," Leggeri added.
Under EU law, it's possible to keep irregular migrants in detention for up to 18 months to organize their return home.
Leggeri said that the figure of 800,000 was only provisional, as many more people were on their way towards the EU from crisis regions in Africa and the Middle East, with the high point of refugee arrivals "not yet reached".