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Big drop in number of immigrants trying to across Greece’s Evros border

The number of immigrants seeking to enter Greece illegally via the country’s land border with Turkey dropped significantly last year, according to official figures made public on Thursday by Frontex, the European Union’s border monitoring agency.

A total of 72,430 immigrants entered Greece via the Turkish land border in 2012, a 49 percent drop compared to 2011, when authorities intercepted 141,060 illegal entries.

Frontex officials described the drop as “the most significant since Frontex’s creation in 2005.”