Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a year

Nearly 41,000 people reach Italian shores but many are denied asylum The number of migrants arriving on Italy’s shores has nearly doubled compared with last year. Almost 41,000 people have arrived in Italy by sea since January, compared with 21,000 over the same period in 2020, the national news said in a report posted Tuesday. The jump in numbers is not a one-off. Crossings during last year’s pandemic-affected summer were higher than in 2019. Warm summer weather and political instability in North Africa have been linked to the rising number of crossings,…