Italian authorities rescue close to 1,000 people in need

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On Friday, Frontex reported that Italy has now become the EU’s top spot for refugee arrivals mainly because the significant drop in arrivals on the Greek Aegean islands in April.

Between first January and eleventh May, 31,219 migrants and refugees reached Italy with most of them being from African countries, including Nigeria, Gambia and Somalia. The figure is lower compared with 2015, when 47,449 peope in need entered Italy.


The Italian authorities saved close to 1,000 migrant and refugees on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement by the UNHCR.

The UN refugee agency said that the people saved were from various countries of origins and between the survivors there were families and unaccompanied children. Some of the people saved were from Syria and Iraq, UNHCR said.

In one operation carried out on 12 May, about 500 people travelling in two fishing boats that had departed several days earlier from Egypt w...


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