67,477 more refugees arrived in Italy than in 2021. The majority of refugees come from Egypt, Tunisia and Bangladesh.
In Italy, the number of refugees arriving in 2022 after sea voyages across the Mediterranean has crossed the threshold of 100,000 arrivals. 105,149 people landed on the Italian coast in 2022 as a whole, 56% more than the 67,477 in the same period last year, the Interior Ministry in Rome said on Monday. In 2020 there were 33,687 people.
Most migrants arriving in southern Italy come from Egypt (20 percent), Tunisia (18 percent), Bangladesh (14 percent), Syria (nine percent), Afghanistan (seven percent), Ivory Coast (six percent) and Guinea (four percent), Pakistan (three percent) and Iran (two percent). Last year, 12,687 unaccompanied minors disembarked, 10,053 in the entire year of 2021 and 4,687 in 2020.
Under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s new Italian government, Italy is taking a tough stance on NGOs rescuing refugees. Aid organizations are accused of supporting smuggling.