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August 31, 2017

Italy sees 87 percent reduction of migrant influx

The number of migrants arriving in Italy across the Mediterranean Sea has reduced by 10 percent since the beginning of the year, and the fall in August was 87 percent, the Ministry of Interior reports. 

The reduction of the number of migrants is first of all explained with the fact that many of them are detained at Libyan border. 

The number of arrivals increased every month before July 2017, when the sudden reduction (50 percent less than in 2016) was recorded. 

In August, the number of migrants reduced by 87 percent – 3,235 arrivals in comparison with 21,295 in 2016. 

Migrants from Nigeria, Guinea, Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Eritrea make up more than a half of the total number of arrivals. 

As of August 30, 98,488 migrants arrived in Italy, while there were more than 180,000 arrivals in 2016. 

The Ministry has also published data about the number of refugees, which moved to the other EU countries in 2017. 

Germany accepted 3,124 refugees, Switzerland – 779; they are followed by Scandinavian countries (Norway – 816, Finland – 755, Sweden – 513). Austria and Croatia accommodated only 15 and 18 migrants respectively. 

Italy and other EU countries support Libya’s government trying to stop the influx of migrants. 

The EUR 220mln deal with Tripoli has been signed recently to train Libyan coastal guard with the purpose of preventing dangerous trips of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.