Once again, refugees and migrants set out on the dangerous journey to Europe in small dinghies and wooden ships. Rescue workers land hundreds of people on Lampedusa.
Rome (dpa) – More than 2,000 boat migrants have arrived in a short time on the small Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. The Ansa news agency reported Monday morning.
During the night, patrol ships picked up hundreds of people from small boats and brought them ashore. Others reached the coast themselves. This means that the number of men, women and children registered on the island has increased with 20 landings within 24 hours to 2,128. Lampedusa is located between North Africa and Sicily.
In recent weeks, private rescue workers had also noted that a large number of migrants are again making the dangerous journey to Europe in dinghies and small wooden ships, often from Libya and Tunisia.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of more than 10,700 migrants have arrived in Italy by Friday (May 7), according to a count by the Ministry of the Interior in Rome. A year ago there were more than 4,100 at the same time. A particularly large number come from Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Bangladesh. Right-wing parties, including former Home Secretary Matteo Salvini’s co-ruling Lega, warned of “thousands of illegal immigrants” last weekend.
Salvini announced on Sunday evening that he would look for solutions together with Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese. Lamorgese was already in contact with Prime Minister Mario Draghi last weekend because of the increase in the number of boat migrants, Ansa said. Rome is trying to quickly redistribute boat migrants within the EU.
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