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Italy Is Headed for Record-High Migrant Boat Arrivals This Year

While European Union officials promise to reduce the flow of migrants and refugees arriving by boat from North Africa, Italy is on track to have the highest number ever this year.

The first chart to the right shows the progression of arrivals in Italy by boat from 22,000 for all of 2006 to a projected record high of approximately 193,100 in 2015.