migrants on board the 'Vos Prudence' ship of Doctors Without Borders at the Naples' harbor, Italy |  Credit: ANSA archive (28 May 2017)
migrants on board the 'Vos Prudence' ship of Doctors Without Borders at the Naples' harbor, Italy | Credit: ANSA archive (28 May 2017)

Migrant landings in Italy in 2017 went down by one-third compared to 2016, according to data just published by the Italian interior ministry. A reported 6,340 irregular migrants were repatriated from Italy in 2017, according to the data.

The number of migrant landings in Italy dropped by 34.24 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, the Italian interior ministry said. The total number of landings in 2017 were 119,310 from 181,436 the previous year, according to the ministry, which released data on immigration and security in 2017. 


Landings down 73 percent in December 

Landings in Italy went down 73 percent in December alone, from 8,428 in the full month of December to 2,268 over the same period in 2017, the interior ministry said. As far as repatriations are concerned, 6,340 foreigners without regular documentation were sent back to their home countries in 2017 compared to 5,300 the previous year, up 19.6 percent. 

Expulsions for security reasons up 62 percent 

Expulsions for security reasons, in connection with international terror probes, were a reported 105, including five imams, in 2017, compared to 66 (including eight imams) in 2016, up 62 percent. The suspected religious extremists arrested by police were 36, a 9 percent increase on 2016 when 33 such detentions were reported. 

A total of 129 foreign fighters were monitored in 2017 - including 42 who died on the battleground and 24 who traveled back to Europe - against 116 in 2016 - when 34 died and 20 returned to Europe - that's an increase of 11 percent.
 

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