Italy: Lamorgese says 'phantom' landings up, 7,500 in 2019

Total of 6,000 in all of 2018, upward trend since April

07 November, 17:49

    Migrants arrested by carabinieri after landing in Sardinia Migrants arrested by carabinieri after landing in Sardinia

    ROME - Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Thursday said that the number of autonomous migrant landings, also known as "phantom" landings, totaled 7,510 since the beginning of the year through November 4.

    Phantom landings are those in which migrants arrive autonomously on Italian shores or are discovered only after they have arrived in port or on land.

    Lamorgese presented the data to the Italian Parliament's Schengen Commission.

    She said the number is up compared to last year, when there were a total of 6,000 autonomous landings for the entire year.

    Lamorgese said the upward trend began in April 2019, peakinging September and October.

    Regarding the overall number of disembarkations, Lamorgese said a total of 9,944 migrants have arrived on Italian shores since the start of the year through November 7, 55% less than the same period last year.

    In terms of departure countries, interior ministry figures as of October 31 showed a total of 3,491 migrants departed from Tunisia, 2,826 from Libya, 2,431 from Turkey and Greece, and 872 from Algeria, "with disembarkations spread across the coasts of Sicily, Calabria, and Sardinia".

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