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Thursday, December 05, 2013
According to the latest report from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on asylum trends, the North African “Arab Spring” led to a tripling of the number of asylum applications in 2011, making Italy the fourth-largest recipient among the group of 44 industrialised countries.
The turmoil in Egypt and Syria could lead to yet another emergency, as Italy is one of the main gateways to Europe.
The number of boats arriving at the southern shores is increasing and has already surpassed the 2012 total. (END//2013)