Italy shuts Europe's one-time largest migrant centre

A migrant centre Mineo on the Italian island of Sicily which had been one of the largest of its kind in Europe has been officially shut down.

On 9 July, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini attended the closure of the Mineo centre, which at its peak housed more than 4,000 people.

While the number of arrivals on Italian territory has fallen dramatically from the total of 181,000 in 2016 to 3,071 so far this year, the proportion of dead and missing has climbed to 667 - more than one in six. The decision to close the Mineo centre was announced last month, after the number of asylum seekers there declined from 2,526 a year ago to 152, Ansa news agency reported.

The remaining migrants were transferred to smaller centres ahead of the closure.

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