Dramatic refugee situation in Lampedusa - the mayor called the situation uncontrollable

mayor Toto Martello said, according to a report by the Ansa news Agency on Saturday: "The Situation has become uncontrollable. If the government does not do it

Dramatic refugee situation in Lampedusa - the mayor called the situation uncontrollable

mayor Toto Martello said, according to a report by the Ansa news Agency on Saturday: "The Situation has become uncontrollable. If the government does not do it, I'm going to declare a state of emergency." On the 20-square-mile island of more than 1000 migrants - including around 200 people have been intercepted on several boats in the night to Saturday currently. Most of them come from Tunisia.

About 50 migrants are currently accommodated in tents at the port, reported the Agency. In Lampedusa there is a single receiving warehouse, which can accommodate according to official data, only 95 people. Due to the recent developments Minister Luciana Lamorgese, and the head of the right Lega Nord party, Matteo Salvini, had the last of the interior, the island separated from each other visits.

The number of migrants coming by sea to Italy, has in recent weeks risen again. In July alone were registered according to the authorities, more than 4300 people, compared with about 1000 in July 2019 and nearly 2000 in July 2018. However, the Figures compared to previous years are low. Between 2014 and mid-2017 and more than 600 000 people landed on the coasts of Italy.

Since the beginning of the year have reached more than 11 300 migrants in Italy via the Mediterranean sea, almost as many as in the whole of last year. In 2018, there were 23 370.

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Updated Date: 25 July 2020, 15:26

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