Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Around 7,800 migrants landed in Italy so far this year


Rome, July 5 - Around 7,800 migrants and
asylum-seekers landed on Italy's shores in the first half of
2013, UNHCR said Friday, while some 600 more arrived in Malta.
The United Nations refugee agency said that most of the
migrants came from North Africa, principally Libya.
It said around 40 people have died trying to make the
crossing from Tunisia to Italy so far this year.
In 2012, almost 500 people were reported dead or missing at
UNHCR attributed the decrease in deaths so far in 2013 to
the efforts of the Italian and Maltese authorities to better
coordinate sea rescues.
The crossing between Italy and North Africa is very
dangerous and every year people die attempting it.
On Monday Pope Francis will visit the Sicilian island of
Lampedusa to pray with migrants and local people and will throw
a wreath into the sea to pay tribute to the migrants who die at

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