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Number of migrants at EU borders reaches record for third consecutive month

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The number of migrants seeking to enter the European Union reached 107,500 last month, which is a third consecutive monthly record high since May, the bloc’s border control body Frontex has estimated.

Frontex announced that the number of migrants surpassed the 100,000 mark in a single month for the first time since it had commenced keeping records in 2008.

The Warsaw-based agency said in a statement quoted by the BBC that the figure of 107,500 migrants for July was the «third consecutive monthly record, jumping well past the previous high of more than 70,000 reached in June».

Meanwhile, Germany has seen a wave of migration from Syria and the Balkans, and now says it could receive as many as 750,000 asylum seekers this year.

France and the UK, however, have stated that they will sign a deal on August 20 to strengthen their countries’ co-operation on security, the fight against criminal smugglers, human traffickers, and clandestine immigration, BBC reports.

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