Migrant arrivals in Italy up 180% in October (FTDES)

Migrant arrivals from Tunisia in Italy have sored significantly this year, FTDES said in a report. The number of undocumented migrants rose 180% compared to the same period last year.

1,328 undocumented migrants arrived in Italy from Tunisia in October 2020 — compared to 381 in October 2019,  the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) reported recently. The number of undocumented migrants who reached Italy rose 180%.

The report said the number of intercepted crossings from Tunisia also increased over the past few years: from 14 in October 2018 to 47 in October 2019 and 157 in October 2020.

FTDES said that a total of 11,212 undocumented migrants reached Italian shores from Tunisia between January 1 to October 31, 2020, in Of these migrants, 1,664 were reportedly underage – most of them (1,291) were unaccompanied minors.

More than 96% of the adult migrants who arrived in Italy from Tunisia were men, the report indicated.


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