A ban on rescue ships docking at Italian ports has helped to reduce migrant arrivals by sea from north Africa this year to 2,160 compared with 15,617 over the same period last year.

The number of migrants, including many Pakistanis, intercepted while crossing through woods on the frontier with Slovenia has risen, however, to 780 this year from a total of 446 last year.

[Matteo Salvini wants anti-migrant border fence of his ownby Tom Kington, The Times, June 28, 2019]