Migrants, part of a group intercepted aboard a dinghy off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, rest after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Malaga, Spain December 30, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Nazca TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by a third in 2017 compared to a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said Sunday, as Libyan authorities helped to slow departures during the second half of the year.More than 119,000 came to Italy by boat this year after a record 181,000 made the crossing in 2016, the ministry said in a statement. More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by boat over the past four years, making immigration a hot-button political issue.More than 20,000 are estimated to have died attempting the crossing to Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates, making it the deadliest border for migrants in the world.
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