Migrant crisis: Italy sees record arrivals from North Africa

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From BBC News:

“The number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa has risen to its highest-ever level.

This year’s total is now more than 171,000, the interior ministry said, beating the previous record of 170,100 in 2014.

About 4,690 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2016, the UN says, which is also a record number.

The arrivals are putting increasing pressure on Italy’s asylum system.

More than 176,000 people are now being housed in reception centres across the country.”

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