Saturday, March 19, 2011

Continued influx of refugees on Lampedusa

Continued influx of immigrants to the shores of Lampedusa. On Friday night 378 refugees from North Africa reached the Italian island, which are already over 3,000 of 'paperless' that are crowded into the shelter of the Sicilian town. The situation in Lampedusa has become increasingly tense after several angry citizens tried to prevent the arrival of immigrants rescued at sea.

The esctructuras refugee camp on the island are designed to accommodate only about 850 people. The recent illegal arrivals in Lampedusa are still in port, since there are no other available structures that house them. On Friday were moved the first 200 undocumented asylum seeking the so-called 'Village of solidarity', in the Sicilian town of Mineo, in the province of Catania, a former military complex that the Italian Government has turned into a place of welcome for immigrants.

It is envisaged that this Saturday another 200 immigrants arrive in this center. In mid-February, more than 5,600 people arrived in Lampedusa from Tunisia. The island has 4,500 inhabitants and is located just 130 kilometers from the Tunisian coast.

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