Migrant arrivals in Italy in the first half of 2016 were almost on the same level as in the previous two years, according to the Italian Interior Ministry’s statement on 2 July.
The first half of this year saw 70,930 people entering Italy, which is almost equal to the number of migrant arrivals during the same period in 2015 and only marginally more than that seen in 2014.
Last year, the total number of migrants arriving in the third highest populated country in the European Union was 153,000.
Italy saw around 132,000 asylum seekers registering themselves in centres at the end of the half year period in June.
Most migrants coming to Italy belong to the sub-Saharan African region, with Nigerians comprising 15 percent of the total migrants and Eritreans 13 percent. The other African nations from where a significant number of migrants came in include Gambia, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan.
The Interior Ministry numbers reveal that 8,553 unaccompanied minors came into the country till June, compared to 12,360 and 13,026 for 2015 and 2014 respectively.
Italy is said to be the eighth-largest economy in the world and one of the most industrialised nations. Known for its high standard of living, it is also renowned for its several tourist attractions.
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