Migrants wait to disembark from Spanish Navy cruiser Navarra in the Sicilian harbor of Catania, Italy, Oct. 26, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
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October marked a record monthly high in the number of migrants arriving in Italy in recent years, with over 27,000 people reaching its shores.Italy's interior ministry released figures Thursday showing that 26,161 people – almost all from West Africa and the Horn of Africa – arrived here this month. The new record brings the total number this year to 159,000, outstripping the 2015 total of 153,000 and approaching the record of 170,000 arrivals in 2014 .Despite the government's plan to spread migrants throughout the country, with an average of three migrants per 1,000 inhabitants, many mayors are resisting, backed sometimes by protesting locals.
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