FRONTEX is facing criticism, after admitting that it has doubled-counted migrants entering the EU this year

FRONTEX, the EU Border Agency, released data claiming 710,000 migrants had entered the bloc from January-September this year. But it was later forced to admit thanks to the intervention of IRiS Deputy Director Dr Nando Sigona that many migrants would have been double-counted, at the Greek border and then again as they travelled north into Hungary or Croatia.

Commenting on the clarification issued by FRONTEX after a day of social media pressure, Dr Sigona said: “I’m still amazed how Frontex could release such sensitive figures so light-heartedly, considering the impact that numbers have on the moral panic regarding migration and the political debate.

For further insight into this issue, read Nando Sigona's article in The Conversation in which he reflects on the impact of miscounting migrants.