Abandoned vessel used by migrant smugglers. Photo: Pixabay
Lampedusa: A boatload full of migrants arriving every hour
On average, a boatload full of migrants reaches the Italian island of Lampedusa every hour. The reception center is designed for 100 people and is being overcrowded - almost 1 000 migrants are currently accommodated there.
The Italian island of Lampedusa is facing a ballooning crisis, German daily Die Welt reported.
The Italian freighter Cosmo rescued around 110 migrants whose dinghy had been in distress in the Maltese rescue zone. According to the organisation Alarm Phone on Twitter on Saturday night, another boat with 56 refugees was still waiting for help after the Maltese authorities had been alerted.
A wooden raft with 70 migrants on board was reportedly returned to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard. Since it was in distress in the Maltese rescue zone, it was an illegal rejection, said Alarm Phone.
The Italian island of Lampedusa currently faces an average of one boatload of migrants arriving every hour. According to the Italian online news service Mediterraneo Cronaca, the reception center with 100 places is now vastly overcrowded.
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