Two boats stopped by the Italian Financial Police that had been carrying Algerian migrants to Sant'Antioco in southern Sardinia | PHOTO ANSA/UFFICIO STAMPA GUARDIA DI FINANZA
Two boats stopped by the Italian Financial Police that had been carrying Algerian migrants to Sant'Antioco in southern Sardinia | PHOTO ANSA/UFFICIO STAMPA GUARDIA DI FINANZA

The Algerian authorities report that they stopped 755 people from trying to leave the country in an undocumented manner to get to Europe between September 20 and September 25.

In six days, between September 20 and 25, the Algerian Coast Guard stopped 755 people who had been trying to reach European coasts in an illegal manner. The defense ministry statement providing the figure noted that illegal emigration is currently seen along the entire northern coast of the country.

Incidents last week

Some 340 migrants were stopped in the part of the sea off central Algeria, while 343 were stopped on the western coast of the country. Another 72 were stopped by the Coast Guard during an operation on the eastern coast.

Coast Guard units said that they had in the same period found three corpses of migrants whose boats had capsized off the coast, according to the defense ministry statement.

In the week between September 15 and 19, 485 people were stopped in 22 similar operations, the ministry said.

On September 25, Tunisia's navy rescued 11 undocumented migrants on a boat heading towards Europe that had capsized off the Galite island, it added. The migrants said that they had weighed anchor on September 21 off the coast of Annaba in an attempt to get to Europe. All were handed over to security units at the Tabarka port.

Number of Algerians arriving in Italy rose in 2020

On September 24, Italian interior minister Luciana Lamorgese said in a parliamentary committee hearing on the implementation of the Schengen Accord that there had been an increase in arrivals from Algeria on the year: from January 1 to September 23, some 1,052 Algerian nationals arrived in Italy compared with the 600 seen the previous year.

A total of 9,139 migrants arrived in Italy from Libya from the beginning of the year until September 23, accounting for 40% of the total 23,273 migrants that arrived in the country since January 1.

Since September 1, 2019, about 9.200 Tunisians have arrived in Italy, compared with just over 2,600 the previous year.

 

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