The number of illegal migrants taking off from Libya to Italy has witnessed a remarkable decline for the fourth consecutive month in November, a recent report by FRONTEX declares.
The report, published on Tuesday, suggests that the detected number of crossings has declined by two-thirds from October reaching 3200 migrants. This brought the total for the year so far to 144.000 or 10% fewer than in the first 11 months of 2015.
Italy is the first arrival country of illegal migrants and of the most affected European countries by the migration influx that uses Libya shores as launching pad.
Italy had recently hosted an international conference to encourage Libyan factions to adopt the UN-mediated political agreement that aims at forming the Government of National Accord (GNA) that will address illegal migration amongst other issues, including fighting terrorism and improving humanitarian situation.
The European Commission criticized Italy for opening only one of six promised “hotspots” for registering migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya, the Telegraph reported.
It also ordered Italy to use force, if necessary, to compel migrants and refugees to have their fingerprints taken, a move which obliges them to apply for asylum in Italy rather than move on to the richer countries of northern Europe.