UNHCR Italy Factsheet, May 2019

As of 31 May 2019, 112,906 asylum-seekers were accommodated in reception facilities across Italy. Approximately half of them were hosted in five regions.

In May, 782 refugees and migrants reached Italian shores, the highest number of monthly sea arrivals in 2019 so far. Most sea arrivals in May departed from Libya.

On 30 May 2019, 149 asylum- seekers and refugees were evacuated from Libya to Italy in a joint operation between UNHCR, and Italian and Libyan authorities.

Operational Context

As of 31 May, 112,906 asylum-seekers were accommodated in reception facilities across Italy. This is a decrease of over 5,000 persons compared to the end of the previous month. Approximately half of the asylum-seekers in reception facilities are hosted in five Italian regions (Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Latium, Piedmont, and Campania).

According to the latest available data, in the 1 January � 31 March 2019 period, there were 8,390 new asylum applications in Italy. First-time claimants more commonly originated from Pakistan, Ukraine, El Salvador, Peru, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Albania, Morocco, Nigeria, and Senegal. This reflects a significant increase of asylum-seekers from Latin American countries, compared to previous years. In the first three months of 2019, Territorial Commissions in Italy decided on 21,620 asylum applications: 10 per cent of applicants were recognized as refugees, while 6 per cent were granted subsidiary protection. Approximately 2 per cent of asylum-seekers were granted a complementary form of protection, while 82 per cent of applications were rejected.

On 30 May, 149 vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees were evacuated from Libya to Italy. The group comprised 126 Eritreans, 14 Somalis, seven Sudanese, and two Ethiopians. Notably, 65 children were among the evacuees, of whom 48 were unaccompanied. The group were moved from UNHCR's Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli, after surviving months in dire conditions inside detention centres in other parts of the city. The evacuation was carried out in collaboration with Libyan and Italian authorities. For further information, please refer to UNHCR's press release.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees