This year the number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa has risen to its highest-ever level, BBC.
The interior ministry said this year's total is now more than 171,000, that is more than the previous record of 170,100 in 2014.
About 4,690 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2016, the UN says, which is also a record number.
The arrivals are putting increasing pressure on Italy's asylum system.
More than 176,000 people are now being housed in reception centres across the country.
Migrants from African countries constitute the majority of the arrivals, including 36,000 from Nigeria, 20,000 from Eritrea and 12,000 from Guinea.