Italy: Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) Dashboard, April 2018
Between 1 January and 30 April 2018, 1,731 children arrived in Italy by sea, including 1,439 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC). The numbers of UASC arrivals this year so far have considerably decreased compared to the same period last year, when 5,190 UASC reached Italian shores. However, their proportion among sea arrivals (15%) remains comparable to the first four months of 2017.
UASC arriving by sea in the first four months of 2018 most commonly originate from Eritrea (353), Tunisia (293), Guinea (120), and Côte d'Ivoire (105). UASC from these four nationalities combined represent 61% of all UASC sea arrivals in 2018 so far. While Eritrean UASC were the most common UASC group disembarking in 2017, while Guinean and Ivoirian UASC were also numerous last year. However, high numbers of Tunisian UASC are a rather newer trend: in the first four months of 2017, only 10 had reached Italian shores. During the first four months of the year, significant numbers of UASC arrivals also originate from Mali (86), Somalia (58), Sudan (55), Sierra Leone (52), The Gambia (49), and Pakistan (42).