BRUSSELS About 10,800 migrants attained Italy by the Mediterranean in March, up by virtually a fifth from February and bringing the total to much more than 24,000 individuals so considerably this yr, the European Union’s border guard company Frontex reported on Wednesday.
Italy is the main gateway to Europe for migrants from Africa right after an EU deal with Turkey past yr shut one more Mediterranean route that experienced mostly been employed by refugees from the Middle East.
The bloc has taken in some 1.6 million refugees and migrants in 2014-sixteen and has struggled to deal with the inflow.
Frontex reported that, at 24,250 individuals, the arrivals in Italy so considerably this yr are virtually a third increased than in the identical interval of 2016.
Due to the fact the route primary from the Turkish shores to EU state Greece has been shut, nevertheless, the in general arrivals in the bloc in the 1st quarter of the yr have been about two-thirds reduced that a yr ago and stood at some 32,650 individuals.
(Producing by Gabriela Baczynska)