MED report September 2022

curated by the editorial staff of MEDreport

In September, the number of people who found themselves forced to flee, to cross the Mediterranean Sea and who managed to arrive in Italy was 14,157. Among them were 1,719 unaccompanied minors.

Numbers extremely close to those of the previous month. Yet, not at all close to the rhetoric of the immigration emergency that has characterised the previous months. In the politicians’ cries we find a description that is very far from reality. An ordinary phenomenon used and exploited for personal interests, using emotional and propagandistic communication.

Sunday 25 September saw the celebration of World Migrant and Refugee Day. As Pope Francis reminded us in a passage of the encyclical Brothers All: “Migration will be a founding element of the world’s future.

The construction of our future must take place together with migrants, with refugees: a truth, this one, so much forgotten in a climate of aversion to what is different. Yet, Francis reminded us that ‘it is not enough to welcome migrants: they must also be accompanied, promoted and integrated’.

With this in mind, we addressed the issue of the Italy-Libya Memorandum of Understanding, which on 2 November 2022 will be tacitly renewed for the second time, unless Italy finally takes the opportunity to stop it. To understand the madness of this pact, it is necessary to understand it in depth, year by year, listening to the voice of those who, as parliamentarians, have experienced its implications and evolutions.

Here is the complete report for September 2022 (download link):

This data is compiled on the basis of information provided by the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Ministry of the Interior. The data refer to disembarkation events detected by 8 a.m. on the reference day.