Numbers of ‘Back-Way’ Candidates Drop

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The number of Gambian migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean sea has dropped, according to a recent report from the International Organisation for Migration.

According to the report arrivals from The Gambia, Eritrea, Sudan are down from 2016 – despite the fact that overall arrivals to Italy by sea have risen – while those from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, Mali, and Guinea are all up.  This development will come as good news to campaigners against the so-called Back-way, which has resulted in the death of many Gambian youths over the past five years.

The figure according to the IOM is also a reflection of the general reduction of the number of migrants arriving Italy. It says some 77,004 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 14 June, with almost 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus, and Spain. This compares with 214,427 arrivals across the region through 14 June 2016

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