MEDreport September 2021

curated by Silvia Decina and Gabriele Suriano

In September, the number of people who were forced to flee across the Mediterranean and reached Italy totalled 7,209. Since the beginning of the year, 46,291 people have arrived in Italy.
The number of people fleeing Libya and Tunisia continues to rise. It is obvious that this number has doubled in just the first 9 months of this year compared to the entire preceding year. The work carried out by humanitarian vessels is very precious and necessary. Is a Mediterranean Sea without their presence even conceivable?

The death toll is also constantly increasing. According to the IOM, the number of people who have died attempting to cross the central  Mediterranean since the beginning of this year has more than doubled compared to the same period last year. Incidents of refoulement have also continued to increase in this period.

Notably, the largest single autonomous arrival of people coming from Libya was recorded in September – 686 people aboard a fragile, old, 15 meter iron fishing boat.

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