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13 boat migrants detained on Italy's Sardinia


(Italy), March 25 (IANS/AKI) Police in Italy's southern on Wednesday intercepted 13 migrants who claimed to have arrived from aboard a small wooden with an

The 13 migrants, all male and apparently in good health, landed in a cove near and were taken to a reception and identification centre in the province of Cagliari, police said.

The migrants were detained by paramilitary police stationed at a nearby military base.

Figures issued in mid-March from the border and coastguard agency showed almost a 100 per cent drop in migrant crossings to from in the first two month of this year.

A total of 260 migrants were detected on the route from to in January and February: 95 per cent fewer in the same period of last year, according to

The number of migrants detected on the route in February was 60 - the lowest monthly figure in nine years, said.

The Frontex data was welcomed by Italy's who has vowed there will be "zero" migrants landing and wants to deport half a million illegal immigrants.



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First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 23:52 IST