Migrant arrivals in Italy are down for the first time in 2017, according to Italian Interior Ministry figures.
According to official statistics, 95,215 migrants arrived through Tuesday, compared to 97,892 at the same time in 2016, representing a 2.73% decrease.
The port with the most arrivals was Augusta, with 13,510 since the beginning of the year, followed by Catania (11,571), Pozzallo (9,018), Reggio Calabria (7,108), Vibo Valentia (5,848), Palermo (5,786), Trapani (5,594), Lampedusa (5,382) and Bari (872).
The majority came from Nigeria (16,317), followed by Bangladesh (8,687), Guinea (8,631) and the Ivory Coast (7,905). Mali, Gambia, Senegal and Eritrea had more than 5,000 arrivals each, while over 4,000 refugees came from Morocco and Sudan. There were an additional 22,000 arrivals from other countries.
The figures indicated that the highest percentages of migrants were found in the region of Lombardy in the north, with a maximum of 22 percent. Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Puglia and Sicily had refugee percentages ranging between 6 and 9 percent.
Flows from horn of Africa down
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced a decrease by half in 2015 and 2016 with further decreases to come in 2017. IOM said there were 400,000 identified migrants currently in Libya, but unofficial estimates placed the number between 800,000 to one million in 30 detention centres with about 8,000 people in the "worst" conditions and that the centers "should be immediately closed."