104,776 fewer migrant arrivals in Italy since July, ministry

Data shows 10-month consecutive decline on arrivals

20 April, 16:48

    ROME - Migrant arrivals to Italy have decreased by 104,776 since July 1 of last year and now, as compared to the same period between 2016 and 2017, according to data from the Italian Interior Ministry.
    The figures show a 10-month consecutive decline in the number of migrant arrivals to Italy, with 43,166 arrivals over the past 10 months compared to 147,942 between July 1, 2016 and April 20, 2017.
    The Interior Ministry said July 2017 was when a strategy was put into place to reverse the growing number of migrant arrivals in the first six months of that year, which included a weekend at the end of June in which about 13,000 migrants arrived.
    That emergency caused Interior Minister Marco Minniti to return to Italy while he was on a flight en route to Washington, D.C. for an official visit.
    Since January 1 of this year, there have been 7,551 arrivals, compared to 36,728 in the same period in 2017, a 79.4% decline.
    The percentage decline was even higher for migrant arrivals from Libya, with an 85% drop.
    The top four nationalities for migrant arrivals this year are: Eritreans (1,552), Tunisians (1,489), Nigerians (526), and Ivorian (432).
    There have been 1,116 unaccompanied minor migrant arrivals thus far this year.
    A total of 12,586 asylum seekers have been transferred to other European countries as part of the relocation programme.

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