Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, August 7, 2021
In 2020, just 3,351 illegal migrants of the 34,133 who arrived in Italy that year were deported, but it still cost the Italian taxpayer millions of euros.
Despite only deporting just 9.8 per cent of illegal aliens, the cost of deportations amounted to €4.68 million (£3.97m/$5.52m). So far in 2021, the figure has remained high at €2,089,000 (£1.77m/$2.47m) for just 1,097 deportations.
Deportations have been made more difficult due to other countries imposing travel restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Some migrants in Sweden even refused to take coronavirus tests to avoid being deported, as their home countries required a negative test to take them back.
In the last few weeks, several countries have also stopped deportations to Afghanistan due to deteriorating security issues as the Taliban advances.
Sweden halted all Afghan deportations in July and, consequently, has reportedly released many Afghan migrants previously in custody.