Migrants who were rescued at sea are subjected to medical checks in Messina, Italy, in February 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Carmelo Imbesi
Migrants who were rescued at sea are subjected to medical checks in Messina, Italy, in February 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Carmelo Imbesi

The number of migrants landing on Italy's coasts is dropping amid the coronavirus crisis, new government statistics show. In March, 241 migrants landed in Italy.

The number of migrants landing on Italy's coasts has decreased in March, according to data released by the interior ministry on Wednesday.

The interior ministry registered a total of 241 migrants who landed in Italy in March. A reported 44 foreigners arrived in Brindisi, southeastern Italy, on March 27. This was the last landing recorded by the ministry last month.

In March 2019, 262 migrants landed on Italy's coasts, down from the 1,049 registered 12 months before.

Few migrants in hotspots, no deportations

Previously overcrowded hotspots are now nearly empty, according to official data. Only the facility of Pozzallo, in Sicily, is hosting 40 people. The hotspots of Lampedusa, Messina and Taranto are empty.

CPR migrant detention and repatriation centers have also reported a drop in the number of people hosted: 344 this week compared to the 425 held on March 12, according to the national watchdog for detained persons.

No repatriations have been carried out, according to the data.



 

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