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Migrant arrivals in Italy 2014-2021

During the first five days of January 2021, 265 migrants arrived by sea in Italy. In 2020, 34.1 thousand migrants arrivals on the Italian coasts. Between 2014 and 2020, the number of migrants setting foot in the country peaked in 2016 at 181 thousand individuals. Among the most frequent countries of origin declared upon arrivals in 2020, Tunisia and Bangladesh ranked first and second. More specifically, 12.5 thousand people declared coming from Tunisia, while 4.1 thousand individuals were Bangladeshi.

Asylum seekers and minors among the migrants

In 2020, the largest number of asylum applicants in Italy were from Pakistan. For instance, 792 requests were recorded only in October 2020, while 501 applicants were from Nigeria, the second most common nationality among the asylum seekers. In the last years, many unaccompanied minors reached the Italian coasts. In 2020, over four thousand children migrated without their parents into the country.

Contrasting opinions and distorted perceptions

 According to the data published by Ipsos, a part of Italians tend to overestimate the size of the immigrated population. The results of this survey uncovered the presence of distorted perceptions in 2018: people thought that about 28 percent of the Italian population was not born in Italy, whereas the actual percentage was around ten. Furthermore, the public opinion on migration was controversial. In the same year, roughly half of the population perceived migrants as a risk for the Italian economy. On the other hand, 18 percent of Italians believed that migration could be a resource for the country.

Number of immigrants who arrived by sea in Italy from 2014 to 2021

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Release date

January 2021



Survey time period

January 1, 2014 to January 5, 2021

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