It works: Salvini’s border control policy reduces migrant arrivals by 95 percent

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
By Paul Martin

30 January 2019

Under the migration policy of Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, migrant arrivals in January 2019 are down by around 95 percent compared to January 2018.

Official data shows that 3,176 illegal immigrants arrived in Italy in January 2018 under the leadership of the Democratic Party which had told Italians they were actively working to reduce the number of landings and had reduced the number somewhat compared to 2017.

Much of the credit for the reduction of illegal migrant arrivals rests on the policy of Salvini who, last year, told migrant transport NGOs that they would not be welcome to dock in Italian ports and drop off migrants in what many referred to a “taxi service”.

“For the first time, returns are superior to arrivals”, Salvini said following the release of the new statistics. After closing the ports, Salvini and the Italian government have focused on increasing deportations and, as a result, have seen more deportations of radical Islamists than any other country in Europe in 2018.

While the number of migrants has been significantly reduced both in the Mediterranean and on the land border with Slovenia, the migrant transport NGO Sea Watch has continued attempts to land in Italy, with their vessel Sea Watch-3 currently off the coast of Syracuse with 47 migrants on board.

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