The number of illegal migrants who arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea more than doubled in 2021 compared to the same period last year. As of April 20, the Italian Ministry of the Interior registered nearly 8,600 arrivals. In the previous year, authorities reported less than 3,300 individuals in this period, while two years ago, it was around 650.
More than 1,200 immigrants said they were Tunisians, and approximately the same number of people said they came from the Ivory Coast. Another 930 people claimed to emigrate from Bangladesh, stated the Italian Interior Ministry. A little more than 1,200 people were unaccompanied minor refugees.
According to current statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the central Mediterranean route is the most frequently used one, followed by the western one from Morocco to Spain. On the other hand, migrants use the route via Turkey the least in…
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