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Migrant arrivals in Italy down 70% as Libya block holds: Migrant arrivals in Italy have dropped nearly 70 percent since summer as a deal with Libya blocks boats and would-be asylum seekers use other routes into Europe.
Nearly 150,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, but the number landing in Italy is down by 30 percent compared to last year, and has plunged a whopping 69 percent since July, Italy’s interior ministry said this week.
Arrivals in Spain, meanwhile, have more than tripled, with over 14,000 arrivals this year compared to 12 months ago.
The dangerous route to Italy was largely closed down at the end of June by a controversial deal Rome made with Libyan authorities, tribal leaders and — according to Libyan sources refuted by Rome — human traffickers.

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Migrant arrivals in Italy down 70% as Libya block holds: Migrant arrivals in Italy have dropped nearly 70 percent since summer as a deal with Libya blocks boats and would-be asylum seekers use other routes into Europe.Nearly 150,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, but the number landing in Italy is down by 30 percent compared to last year, and has plunged a whopping69 percent since July, Italy’s interior ministry said this week.Arrivals in Spain, meanwhile, have more than tripled, with over 14,000 arrivals this year compared to 12 months ago.The dangerous route to Italy was largely closed down at the end of June by a controversial deal Rome made with Libyan authorities, tribal leaders and — according to Libyan sources refuted by Rome — human traffickers.Migrant arrivals in Italy down 70% as Libya block holds: Migrant arrivals in Italy have dropped nearly 70 percent since summer as a deal with Libya blocks boats and would-be asylum seekers use other routes into Europe.Nearly 150,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, but the number landing in Italy is down by 30 percent compared to last year, and has plunged a whopping 69 percent since July, Italy’s interior ministry said this week.Arrivals in Spain, meanwhile, have more than tripled, with over 14,000 arrivals this year compared to 12 months ago.The dangerous route to Italy was largely closed down at the end of June by a controversial deal Rome made with Libyan authorities, tribal leaders and — according to Libyan sources refuted by Rome — human traffickers.