Migrants: 5,306 arrived this year, 4,029 taken back to Libya

Mediterranea says 'pact needed between institutions and NGOs'

02 March, 16:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 02 MAR - Italian Interior Ministry figures showed a massive migratory influx to Italy in the first two months of 2021, with a total of 5,306 arrivals since January 1, the majority (3,896) in February.

    The total is more than double compared to the 2,553 people registered in the same period last year.

    The NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans also gave an account of an "alarming increase in pushbacks from Libya by the so-called coast guard".

    "Since the start of the year through March 1, 4,029 people have been intercepted and brought back to arbitrary detention, 222 minors, at least 142 missing and 28 bodies recovered at sea," it said.

    The NGO is calling for a "pact between institutions and civil society, which is still criminalised for acts of solidarity, so that in line with international obligations the right and responsibility to save these men, women, and children adrift is regulated, independent of their nationality and the judicial status given to them".

    Tunisians were the most numerous among the 2020 arrivals (745), followed by Ivorians (597) and Guineans (461).

    There have been 493 unaccompanied minors thus far. (ANSAmed).

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