Most frequent immigrant nationalities declared upon arrival in Italy 2020

Between January and June 2020, 1,050 immigrants who reached Italy came from Bangladesh. Moreover, 892 migrants were from Tunisia, whereas 776 people originated from Ivory Coast. Bangladeshi represented 18 percent of the individuals arrived, whereas people from Tunisia accounted for 16 percent of the total. As of June 2020, the number of migrants who made it to Italy added up to 5.7 thousand.

Mediterranean routes to Europe

The Mediterranean Sea recorded the largest number of deaths and missing cases of migrants worldwide. The Mediterranean Route leading to Italy is known as the Central Mediterranean Route , which counts the highest number of fatalities among the different Mediterranean routes. This route includes the crossing from North Africa to Italy as well as to Malta. The main departing country is Libya, while Tunisia, Egypt, and East Algeria represent minor departing shores. After the Central Mediterranean Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea registered the second highest number of deaths and missing people. The Eastern Mediterranean route includes migration flows from Turkey to Greece and Cyprus

Main countries of arrival

In 2020, the European country registering the largest number of migrants' arrivals was Greece. The majority of people reached Greece by sea (7.3 thousand), while some 1.4 thousand migrants arrived in the country by land. Italy was the third country of first arrival in Europe, after Spain. The overall number of migrants who set foot on Italian shores decreased in the last years. However, the death and missing cases did not drop in proportion to the number of people who reached the coast.

Most frequent immigrants' nationalities declared upon arrival in Italy between January and June 2020

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

January to June 17, 2020

Supplementary notes

Data could include immigrants whose process of identification is still ongoing.

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