BOAT MIGRANT ARRIVALS IN ITALY UP 500 PERCENT

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WARSAW: The number of boat migrants arriving in Italy soared 500 percent in the first half of the year, already topping a 2011 record during the Arab Spring uprisings, European Union (EU) border agency Frontex said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The Warsaw-based agency said 78,300 people had arrived in the EU by the end of July via the hazardous Mediterranean route from Libya to mainly Italy, but also Malta. The figure is up from 12,915 during the same period last year.

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