Migrant landings in Italy rose in 2020 to 34,000, ISMU

After dropping for 2 years, while asylum requests dropped

23 February, 17:08

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 23 FEB - In 2020, a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy saw an increased in migrant landings to 34,000, according to the 26th annual migration report published by the ISMU foundation and available online.

    The growth in the number of migrant boat landings happened after two years of decreases: 23,000 in 2018 and 11,000 in 2019.

    The number of asylum requests filed in Italy instead dropped to 28,000 from 43,783 in 2019.

    Also in decline were the number of stay permits granted: in the first six months of 2020 (the latest data available), about 43,000 new stay permits were granted to non-EU citizens, less than half that seen in the first six months of 2019.

    "Despite a resumption in boat landings," the report noted, "migration in our country is showing signs of relative stagnation. This tendency could become more acute even after the economic crisis that the post-pandemic period will bring with it, slowing arrivals and providing incentives for the mobility of foreigners and naturalized citizens towards other countries." (ANSAmed).

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