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Italy Rescues 2,000 Migrants in 48 Hours

Navy and coastguard rescue 2,128 North African refugees who were travelling in small boats off the coast of Sicily. Italian naval and coastguard vessels have rescued more than 2,000 migrants travelling in boats from North Africa in just 48 hours, according to authorities. Wednesday’s rescue came a day after some 500 people forced their way […]

The management of the immigration centre in the Italian island of Lampedusa have been sacked, after a video was broadcast showing migrants stripping before being hosed down with disinfectant. The decision by the Legacoop cooperation to fire its staff at the Lampedusa centre came two days after the footage, filmed by a migrant, was shown […]

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For the second time in a week, a boat smuggling migrants from Africa to Italy has sunk. A joint operation by Italian and Maltese rescuers has saved 221 people but at least 27 people are reported drowned. The boat capsized some 105 kilometers (65 miles) southeast off the Italian island of Lampedusa, but in waters […]

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A top EU delegation has had a hostile reception on its visit to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. The group were harrangued over the deaths of migrants, including almost 300 killed in a shipwreck least week. Dozens of people hurled abuse at European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta […]

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Abu Kurke of Ethiopia is all too familiar with the dangers of trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa by boat from Africa. He told DW his tale of survival – and of the images he hopes to forget. News of the drowning of more than 300 migrants seeking refuge in Lampedusa, Italy from Africa brought […]

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