An adolescent migrant stands in his bedroom at an immigration center in Caltagirone, Sicily March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Sixteen-year-old orphan Ishmael Bangura fled Sierra Leone in July when the Ebola virus killed eight members of his household.The number of migrants reaching Italy by sea this year is set to top last year's record of 170,000, the International Organization for Migration said.Another 400 people drowned before making it to Italy's shores, survivors said.The number of minors traveling alone in this mass migration has soared – underage arrivals to Italy tripled in 2014 from 2013 .In Italy, 13,000 teenagers – mostly young men fleeing conflict, poverty or persecution – now live in Italian immigration centers, alongside adult shelters that are bursting at the seams with some 80,000 people.Facing this prospect, Italy is trying to introduce a long-term system for sheltering and integrating waves of minors.Italy separates unaccompanied minors from adults in its shelters.In March, the state completed a 13-million-euro tender for 10 new "first shelter" centers, where a maximum of 50 minors are housed and given basic healthcare and language classes for up to 90 days.
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