MEDreport August 2021

curated by Silvia Decina and Gabriele Suriano

In August, 9,945 people were forced to flee, crossed the Mediterranean Sea and managed to arrive in Italy.

Since the beginning of this year, the total number of people arrived in Italy is 39.082.

Even so, there are many people who have found their death in the central Mediterranean. Despite the pandemic and the extremely critical situation in Libya, the number of landings has not drastically increased, as many had predicted. We cannot ignore, however, the dirty work carried out daily by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, to which Rome and Brussels continue to entrust the control of the southern borders of Europe. A confirmation of the activity of interception by the Libyan militiamen is detectable by analyzing the data of last month and, in particular, the days from July 15 to 19: no landings in Italy despite the numerous departures from the Libyan coast.

Read our full report for August 2021 (link to download):