60 thousand immigrants landed in Italy in 2011

A total of 60 thousand migrants arrived in Italy during the course of 2011. About 24 thousand of them were Tunisian nationals. 50 thousand landed on the coast of Lampedusa and Linosa. 10,611 were granted residence permits on humanitarian grounds.

This is the 'balance' on the immigration front for the year coming to an end, as provided by the Protezione Civile (Civil Protection).

2011 was a 'warm front' for immigration in Italy, after the mass exodus of thousands of migrants from North Africa, following the riots of the Arab Spring and the Libyan war. A situation that has led the Italian government to declare last February 12 the state of humanitarian emergency in the country, subsequently extended until December 31, 2012.

To cope with the emergency, the intervention of the National System of Civil Protection was required that, together the Union of Italian Provinces (UPI) and the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) prepared a 'Plan for the Management of the Reception of Migrants' so to ensure an equitable distribution of migrants throughout the country.

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