From 1 January this year to date, nearly 62,000 irregular migrants have landed on Italian shores, more than double the 27,346 reported in the same period in 2022.
Since the arrival on 28 June of 1,292 immigrants on the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, other barges have continued to arrive, aggravating the critical migratory situation in this European geography. The situation is delicate, especially when the Imbriacola reception centre has a capacity for 400 people, but currently houses five times that number.
Most of the barges that arrived at the time came from Monastir and the Karkenna Islands in Tunisia, loaded with Tunisian nationals, as well as from Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Mali, Somalia, Guinea, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Syria, Ivory Coast and Sudan.
On the same day, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced before Parliament that irregular migration would be a central theme of the EU summit that took place in Brussels in recent days, but it is now known that the summit ended without reaching an agreement on migration.
In fact, it culminated without overcoming the divisions and the blockade imposed by Hungary and Poland on the Pact on Migration and Asylum.
Meanwhile, thousands die every year in their attempt to reach European soil along the different routes, both land and sea, a fact denounced and repudiated by international and human rights organisations.
The truth is that 10,913 migrants arrived in Italy in the month of June, a figure that is more than 2,000 higher than the 8,152 who arrived in the same period last year and almost double the 5,840 people registered in 2021, according to the latest report of the Ministry of the Interior.
(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: Pixabay