A boat carrying migrants that departed from Tunisia intercepted by the Italian Coast Guard off Pozzallo, Sicilia | Photo: ARCHIVIO/ANSA
A boat carrying migrants that departed from Tunisia intercepted by the Italian Coast Guard off Pozzallo, Sicilia | Photo: ARCHIVIO/ANSA

Nearly 950 undocumented Tunisian migrants, including 354 minors, arrived in Italy in the month of May, reports an NGO in Tunisia. That's an increase of more than 50% on last year's numbers.

Some 947 undocumented Tunisian migrants, including 354 minors, arrived in Italy in the month of May, a 57% increase on the 601 in the same month the previous year, according to a report by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

FTDES said that the total number of Tunisian migrants that had arrived in Italy between January and May was 2,206. The same source said that there had been a rise in the period between January and May also of departures of migrant boats from Tunisian shores that had been intercepted by the Tunisian authorities: 536, an increase of 77% compared with the first five months of 2021.

The number of migrants intercepted rose since the beginning of the year to 7,250, a 31% increase compared with the same period of the previous year.

The report states that these figures show a migratory wave towards the northern shores of the Mediterranean despite an increase in interception operations. It said that this wave could reach a peak in July due to several factors.

More key facts from the report

Arrivals

  • The 354 minors that arrived in Italy account for about 16% of the Tunisians that arrived in Italy
  • The 77 women who came accounted for 4% of the Tunisians that arrived in Italy

Intercepted at sea

  • The governorate in which the largest number of departures was prevented was Sfax with 50% of the total number, followed by Nabeul with 14%, and Sousse with 10%
  • Tunisian nationals account for 31% of the total number of migrants intercepted by the Tunisian authorities
 

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