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December 15, 2022

509 Migrants Rescued in Two Rescue Ship Docks, in Italy

A total of 509 migrants reached Italy in two charity rescue ships, according to a recent report provided by the Voice of America.

The same notes that a total of 248 migrants were rescued in a ship called Geo Barents Ship that was operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and reached Salerno, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

At the same time, Humanity 1, a rescue vessel which was run by SOS Humanity, announced that it rescued 261 migrants on board.

According to the Italian Interior Ministry, the decision to permit the entry of these migrants to Italy was taken following the poor weather conditions as well as the risks faced by those on board, and not due to a change of policy as it was reported by some media.

The migration issue continues to remain among the main priorities for authorities in EU countries, following the increase in the number of migrants that have recently been reported.

Authorities in Italy are also attempting to find new effective ways in order to deal with the influx in the number of migrants.

The figures provided by Info Migrants revealed that in October alone the number of migrants and refugees who reached Italian coasts from Tunisia totalled 2,000. Such figures were provided by  FTDES, a Tunisian non-governmental organization which is focused on the rights of civils as well as migrants.

In addition, according to the data provided by the European Commission, last year the number of migrants, as well as residence permits issued to nationals from third countries, increased significantly.

The figures provided by the Commission revealed that there was noted a surge in the number of permits to stay issued for applications filed for asylum (112 per cent increase), family reasons (83 per cent increase) as well as international protection or a total of 20 per cent increase.

In addition, the report found that the main surge in the number of applications was a result of the COVID-related restrictions that were eased and also legislative reforms.

Previously, the Interior Ministry announced in April that it repatriated 850 migrants since the start of this year.

Besides Italy, other European countries also received an increased number of migrants. Frontex’s data showed that the number of irregular migrants noted at the EU’s external borders for a period from the start of this year until the end of August marked a new record even since 2016.