Italy has rescued 25,000 migrants at sea so far this year
Interior says 35,000 arrived on Italian shores15 October, 15:01
The ministry said 35,085 migrants have arrived on Italy's coasts this year, with about 24,000, or 73%, meeting the legal criteria for asylum.
Figures relating to Italian sea rescues and arrivals were released at a Rome meeting regarding refugees by Riccardo Compagnucci, deputy chief of the civil liberties and immigration department of the interior ministry.
Of the migrants, 9,805 Syrians were, 8,843 Eritreans, 3,140 Somalis, 1,058 Malians and 879 Afghanis. Roughly 21,000 departed from Libya and 8,000 from Egypt.
Over 500 people are feared to have died in two migrant-boat disasters near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa this month.