This report, by the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, gives a clear indication of how increasing restrictions and dangers have had a huge impact on migration from the Horn.

2017 figures suggest a significant decline in the number of Horn of Africa migrants travelling irregularly on the Central Mediterranean Route to Europe. Only 1,419 migrants from the Horn (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan) arrived in Italy in the first quarter of 2017. This is a comparative 80 percent decline on movement in the final quarter of 2016 (7,244 arrivals), and a 55 percent decrease on migration in the same period in 2016 (3,179 arrivals).

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