"This year, 2,063 migrants drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean. 70% of these deaths occurred after Italy closed its ports in June and that EU policies produced a reduction in rescue vessels ". The data - and the correlation - come from the international account of Doctors Without Borders, which tweet rewrites the numbers of the tragedies of the sea, revising upwards the already very high estimates provided by the latest report of the UN High Commission for Refugees.
The denunciation of the non-governmental organization coincides with the last landing, which in the night between Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November saw 236 migrants arrive, almost all Eritreans, and which had triggered yet another controversy between the Minister of Matteo Salvini and Malta, according to the vice-premier, had "taken the coordination of the rescue operations" and then abandoned the boat "trying to trim the immigrants to our country".
The closure of the ports referred to by the NGO - repeatedly accused by the government team of having collaborated with the traffickers men, without so far there has been any evidence in this regard - is the measure that last June had become the symbol of the new policy on the immigration of Matteo Salvini, who had launched the hashtag #chiudiamoiporti to deny the docking of the Aquarius ship. Shortly afterwards, the Minister of the Interior himself had implemented a close that led to the denial of disembarking in Italy also to the Diciotti migrants.
In September, the UNHCR report on migratory movements in the Mediterranean had calculated in 1600 the victims who did not complete the Mediterranean crossing in 2018. There was also talk of a drastic decline in landings, which the Ministry of the Interior had instead estimated at 20 thousand units. A migrant every 18 - it was the bitter observation - drowned trying to reach Europe. Numbers that according to Doctors Without Borders may even have been overly optimistic.