The Italian Interior Ministry advised that a total of 1,200 migrants had arrived by sea in September to date. Meanwhile, arrivals by small boat continue unabated, in particular on the islands of Lampedusa and Sardinia.
The number of migrant arrivals in Italy is higher than the number for the same period in September last year, which recorded a total of only 947 arrivals. This is the first time in 2019 that the number of migrants arriving by sea in one month has surpassed that of 2018, according to figures released by the Italian Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
However, only around 6,300 migrants have arrived in Italy since the beginning of 2019 so far, a 70% decline for the same period compared to last year, when around 20,800 people had arrived as of mid-September 2018. In August 2019, there was a total of 1,268 arrivals compared to 1,531 in the same month in 2018.
The majority of the migrants who arrived in Italy in September have come from Tunisia (1,665) followed by Pakistan (862) and then the Ivory Coast (676).
Daily arrivals continue in Italy
Contributing to the number of migrant arrivals in Italy are also the disembarkations of dozens of people on small boats on the Mediterranean islands. Overnight between Monday and Tuesday, a total of 56 migrants arrived on two different boats to the port of Lampedusa island. All mogrants were taken to the island's so-called migrant hotspot reception center, which continues to suffer overcrowding despite transfers of some of the foreign nationals to other centres in Italy.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, 15 Algerians disembarked on the southern coast of Sardinia.