From file: Migrants landing in Roccella Ionica | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANTONELLO LUPIS
From file: Migrants landing in Roccella Ionica | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANTONELLO LUPIS

The Italian interior ministry said a total of 49,280 migrants arrived in Italy from August 2020 to July 2021, 128% more than the previous year.

The number of migrants who arrived in Italy between August 2020 and July 2021 was 128% higher than the previous year, the Italian interior ministry said. A total of 49,280 people landed on Italian coasts.

The number of unaccompanied minors was up 155.26% with 7,843 in total and a total of 147 human smugglers were arrested during the year, an increase of 25%.

The figures were included in an interior ministry report published on August 15.

Independent landings totaled 40,727 people

Independent landings included a total of 40,727 people, while 8,553 were rescued in Italy's search and rescue area (SAR), 4,239 by NGOs.

In the previous year, 21,616 migrants arrived, and in the year before that, from August 2018 to July 2019, the number was 8,691.

The country with the highest number of departures was Libya (45.3%), followed by Tunisia (35.9%), Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Egypt and Montenegro.

Nearly four million legal foreigners in Italy

As of July 31 of this year, there were 3,825,944 legal foreigners in Italy, 4.7% fewer than the previous year, according to the interior ministry report.

There were a total of 1,367,204 permits for paid employment, 251,921 for freelance work, 1,207,569 for reunifications (family reasons) and 992,250 for other reasons (study permits and special cases).

 

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