The Italian interior ministry has reported that 4,040 migrants have landed on Italy's coasts since the start of the year, as of August 7. That's a 78.61% decrease compared to the same period last year.
A reported 4,040 migrants have landed on Italy's coasts since the start of the year, including 1,088 during the month of July, the Italian interior ministry said in a statement. The ministry stressed that arrivals in Italy have plunged by 78.61% on 2018, when arrivals were 18,546, and 95.83% compared to 2017 (96.831).
Data released by the interior ministry considered arrivals as of 8:00 am on August 7, 2019.
No arrivals registered in eight days in July
In July, no landings were registered only for eight days. At least three people were registered during the other days of the month. The days with the highest number of landings were July 19 (111), July 6 (110), July 9 (80), July 24 (77) and July 25 (75).
Out of the 4,040 migrants reported to have landed in Italy this year, 947 were Tunisian nationals (23%), based on the nationality declared upon landing. The others were reportedly citizens of Pakistan (620, 15%), the Ivory Coast (468, 12%), Iraq (372, 9%), Algeria (352, 9%), Bangladesh (190, 5%), Sudan (177, 4%), Iran (108, 3%), Guinea (94, 2%) and Morocco (73, 2%) with an additional 639 (16%) coming from other states or who are still being identified.
507 unaccompanied foreign minors reached Italy by sea
A reported 507 unaccompanied foreign minors reached Italy by sea this year, as of August 5, according to official data. Their number dropped from the 15,779 reported in 2017 and the 3,536 registered in 2018.
A total of 105,142 migrants in Italy were housed in hot spots, hosting centers and centers of the system of protection for those with international protection status and unaccompanied foreign minors (SIPROIMI), as of July 31 this year. The highest number were living in Lombardy (14,756, 14%), Emilia-Romagna (9,948, 9%), Lazio (9,605, 9%), Piedmont (9,079, 9%) and Campania (8,793, 8%).