Record number of boat migrants reach Italy this year
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This year has seen the largest number of asylum seekers that have crossed into Italy by boat in recent years on record, Xinhua news agency reports quoting the statistics released recently by the UN refugee agency and the Italian government.
Since the start of the year, close to 171,000 people have arrived in the European country from North Africa, topping the previous record of 170,000 set in 2014.
According to the International Organization for Migration and the UN refugee agency, at least 4,690 migrants are confirmed to have died or disappeared in the Mediterranean so far this year.
Source: National information agency of Tajikistan