Fewest migrants arrive in Italy this summer in 5 yrs, IOM

As of August in central Med, Spain now leading destination

31 August, 19:52

    Sub-saharian migrants rescued off Spanish coast Sub-saharian migrants rescued off Spanish coast

    CAIRO - The number of migrants landing on Italian shores via the central Mediterranean route from Libya is at the lowest level in at least five years, the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) said Friday. The IOM website provided figures as of Wednesday on migrant arrivals and deaths in the Mediterranean.

    The record low is that this point in the summer, which is normally used a great deal by migrants attempting to reach Europe. Spain, with 42% of all arrivals through the year, continues to receive seaborne migrants in August at a volume more than twice that of Greece and more than six times that of Italy. With 28,579 arrivals, Spain this year was the leading destination, the website noted.

    IOM provided Italian interior ministry data as of August 29: 19,874 landings, equal to 80% less than the same period the previous year, of which 1,328 this month (the third month after the closing of Italian ports).

    On migrants who died trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean, those on the ''central route'' that leads to Italy and Malta, IOM data as of Wednesday was 1,130, half the 2,263 seen in the same period in 2017.

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