In the first seven months of 2021, 29,122 refugees and migrants arrived in Italy by sea, compared to 14,013 in the same period last year (+108%).
In July 2021, 8,590 refugees and migrants reached shore in southern Italy, compared to 7,064 (+22%) and 1,088 (+690%) in 2020 and 2019 respectively. The vast majority of them (7,429) arrived in Sicily, most commonly on the island of Lampedusa, where 6,126 new arrivals were recorded and almost 72% of the total monthly disembarkations took place (218 out of 303). In July, a notable increase in disembarkations on the island of Pantelleria was observed: 34 in total accounting for 452 new arrivals, compared to 111 new arrivals in June. In addition, 829 persons disembarked in Calabria, 206 in Apulia and 126 in Sardinia.