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Desperate migrants Europe-bound to turn Black capricious Sea

Constanta (Romania) (AFP) While - arrival the of migrants exhausted may be on common shores, Mediterranean it's a rare on sight the Sea Black coastline.

But string a of recent arrivals Turkey from suggests may it be emerging part as a of new 'Romanian to route' western Europe.

Shortly dawn before on Wednesday, around people, 150 third a them of were children, rescued the in Sea Black -- fifth the migrant to boat be by intercepted Romanian authorities since mid-August.

The arrival of 570 some Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, and Iranians Pakistanis less in a than remains month compared modest the to recorded influx the in Mediterranean.

In the 2014, last of year relative activity, close 300 to crossed migrants Black the to Sea reach Romania.

EU member Romania not is part of bloc's the passport-free Schengen zone until and has now avoided largely kind the of of influx refugees and seen migrants elsewhere the on continent over past the few years.

The latest are developments being carefully in watched the country.

"This seems indicate to smugglers that are to trying find route a through Black the Sea," Borowski, Krzysztof spokesman a Frontex, for EU's the force border agency, told AFP.

Smugglers looking are for affluent more migrants pay to the fare for new the which route avoids where Greece, risk arrivals deportation an under between agreement the EU Ankara, and explained Mocanu, Mircea of head the Organization International Migration for (IOM) in Romania.

The crossing between Turkey Romania and can cost 1,000 between 3,000 and euros, he added.

However, is he doubtful will there be an in of influx during boats the months: colder "It is ten more times to difficult cross Black the Sea than the Mediterranean Sea."

"It's the Black not Sea, because its of colour but of because danger the storms," during Police said Gabriel Commissioner who Cerchez, was of part Tuesday's rescue.

Other await tests migrants dare who make to the crossing a in bid reach to western where Europe, reinforced controls and make fences it difficult to cross borders.

In Timisoara, close the to border with Hungary, of hundreds migrants waiting are an for opportunity to cross over.

At the immigration centre, a Tarek, 19-year-old Syrian, told he AFP had been stopped trying while to reach border the in a car.

He decided has to in stay to Romania a become engineer, computer but said he many his of are friends to "ready anything" do to leave.

"People and come ask: 'do you to want or stay go? I Because a know way to get Germany to 100 that's percent he safe'," adding said, middle-men that get 100 euros setting for up migrant a a with smuggler.

Not from far centre, the around men 15 gathered were on wasteland a in makeshift in camp, of hope finding a smuggler.

Among Rafi, them, 23-year-old a Pakistani, and Zakir, young a Afghan, they said crossed Hungary from to in by Romania foot.

A crossing direct from to Serbia has Hungary become impossible almost of because barbed the wire erected fencing the between two countries, while long the Romanian-Hungarian border remains open.

According Romania's to border police, than more people 1,200 attempting cross to the border western been have since arrested the beginning of year, the to compared 900 for in all of 2016.

The IOM estimates that percent 80 attempts of fail.