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Migrants, boom in arrivals from Tunisia, a thousand in a few hours


In Lampedusa 20 landings. Another 190 rescued by MSF towards Bari (ANSA)

Another flood of arrivals on the Italian coasts, where in Lampedusa in a few hours there were twenty landings of over nine hundred shipwrecked people while the Coast Guard operated rescue operations in the Sar area also in the Ionian Sea and the Geo Barents of Doctors Without Borders has recovered other

refugees offshore in the Mediterranean.

A thousand migrants have arrived (another 190 arriving in Bari in the next few hours)

in Italy aboard boats, rescued by the Italian authorities or by NGOs within half a day.

Almost all the refugees

arrive through the route of Tunisia

, which has fallen into a serious economic situation and political tension: the fears of the European Union and the Italian government are concentrated on the country, ready to increase efforts to favor a return to the stability of the state Maghreb, stopping the vertiginous increase in migratory flows.

Almost all of the boats that arrived on the Sicilian island left from Sfax in Tunisia and all say they paid three thousand Tunisian dinars for the journey.

The migrants, many of whom are women and minors, are originally from Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Guinea, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco and Burkina Faso.

To prevent the contrada Imbriacola hotspot (there were 966 new arrivals) from becoming overcrowded again, the prefecture of Agrigento in agreement with the Interior Ministry has already arranged for the transfer of hundreds of people by ferry to Porto Empedocle.

The boats of the Guardia di Finanza and Guardia Costiera rescued the boats in various operations, lasting hours and with vehicles engaged in the water since the night.

The latter was also struggling with rescues in the Ionian Sea, where two fishing boats with migrants were identified in the Italian Sar area, rescued by four patrol boats, the Diciotti ship, the Aringhieri ship and an airplane.

Another 190 people were then rescued off the coast of the Mediterranean by the Médecins Sans Frontières team,

after the boat they were traveling in was stabilized by the aid vessel Louise Michel.

The refugees were made to board the Geo Barents, to which the Italian authorities soon assigned Bari as a port of disembarkation.

The ship is headed north and approximately two and a half days of navigation are expected to reach the port.

The first sanction against a non-governmental organization was imposed last month on the Doctors Without Borders ship after the introduction of the so-called NGO decree for "failing to provide all the information requested during" the navigation which ended with a landing at Ancona.

In these hours the issue of migrants has also been discussed in Berlin, at the summit of interior ministers of Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain and Sweden,

But the request is also to review the mechanisms for relocating new arrivals, given that since June last year, out of 8,200 migrants to be relocated, only 480 have been redistributed among other countries.

Source: ansa

All life articles on 2023-03-24

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