Italy – Sea Arrivals UNHCR Update #9 (November 2016)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Nov 2016 View Original


Persons arriving by sea in November 2016.

Persons arriving by sea in 2016.

Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) arrived by sea in 2016.

Dead and missing at sea in 2016.

Average EU protection rate of top nationalities arriving by sea in Italy.

Persons accommodated in reception centres.

Asylum-seekers relocated from Italy under the EU relocation scheme.


  • 13,581 refugees and migrants arrived to Italy by sea in November 2016. This number constitutes a decrease compared to sea arrivals in October 2016 (27,384), but remains considerably higher than sea arrivals in the same period of 2015, when 3,218 reached the Italian shores. Main nationalities among sea arrivals are Nigerian, Eritrean, Ivoirian, Guinean and Gambian.

  • By the end of November 2016, the total number of sea arrivals reached 173,008, a 20% increase compared with the first eleven months of 2015 (144,205).

  • Between 1 January and 30 November, 24,659 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) arrived to Italy by sea. This corresponds to 14% of all sea arrivals in the first eleven months of the year, significantly higher than 2015 (7%).

  • At the end of November 2016, 176,671 asylum-seekers were accommodated in reception centres across Italy, 78% of whom were accommodated in temporary facilities.

  • In November 2016, 401 asylum-seekers were relocated to Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland, within the EU relocation scheme. Since the adoption of the September 2015 EU Council decisions on relocation, only 1,853 persons (4.7% of the 39,600 target) have been relocated from Italy