MEDreport August 2022

curated by the MEDreport editorial team

In August, the number of people who were forced to flee, cross the Mediterranean Sea and managed to arrive in Italy was 15,998. Among them were 1,705 unaccompanied minors.

The issue of immigration has returned powerfully to TV lounges and rallies of political figures in the run-up to the September 25 elections. Nonetheless, we are witnessing something we have seen before: rescues entrusted almost exclusively to workers aboard civilian ships, overflowing hotspots in dilapidated conditions, and increasing fragility for those in need of help.

Yet, it bears mentioning that the narrative of a “migration emergency” is unrealistic. A narrative that, moreover, is not reflected in the documents circulated by political forces, which are often filled with confusing, vague solutions or, in some cases, where the issue is even totally absent.

Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, keeps repeating that there is “no numerical emergency.”

And yet, as Francesca Paci recalled in the pages of La Stampa, “there is no in Europe, where and fortunately in the aftermath of the Russian invasion more than 9 million Ukrainian refugees were received without a blow, nor even less so in Italy, where there is instead, this yes very concrete, a serious humanitarian emergency in the Lampedusa hotspot, a narrow organizational bottleneck (…).” For the umpteenth time: a fading hope for policies that really take charge of finding solutions.

Here the full report for August 2022 (link to download):

These data are processed on the basis of information provided by the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Ministry of the Interior of the Italian Republic. The data refer to the landing events detected by 8.00 on the reference day.