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Foreing Unaccompanied Minors in Italy

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In the first eight months of the current year, more than 16,800 unaccompanied minors arrived in Italy across the Mediterranean Sea – a significant number if we consider that only last year 12,360 minors landed in twelve months. If flows are to continue in this way, by the end of the year, Italy might see a total of 20,000 arrivals of young migrants with no adult guardian, who undertake long and dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean. Unaccompanied minors now account for 15% of all arrivals by sea, while they made up 8% in 2015 and 7.7% in 2014.
In 2016, unaccompanied minors constitute 91% of the total of landed minors. If we take into consideration the totality of minors (both accompanied and unaccompanied), we can observe how the amount of those unaccompanied has been growing over time. In 2014, in fact, they accounted for 49% out of 26,000, in 2015 they were 75% (out of 16,500), while today they are 91% of the more than 16,000 landed minors. This reflects a predominantly individual migration of young adults mainly from the African continent. The Italian state of affairs is different from the Greek one, which is mainly characterized by migrations of families coming from the Middle East (Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq). The data concerning Greece and collected in late July indicate, in fact, that both accompanied and unaccompanied minors account for only 38% of the landings (16% in Italy), while women represent one fifth of the total (13.6% in Italy).

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