More than a thousand migrants land in Italy, in the middle of the electoral campaign

More than a thousand migrants land in Italy, in the middle of the electoral campaign

Migrants who manage to reach the shores of Lampedusa or Sicily travel on old and overloaded skiffs

More than a thousand migrants have landed in Italy in recent hours and hundreds of others are waiting on board humanitarian ships, a recurring influx every summer, but which comes this year in the midst of the legislative campaign for which the #x27;extreme right is given favorite.

More than 600 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean on a fishing boat were rescued by a merchant vessel and the coast guard off Calabria on Saturday, in the extreme south of the Italian boot.

They were landed in several ports in Sicily.

Authorities also found on board five bodies of migrants who died in still undetermined circumstances.

On the island of Lampedusa, 522 people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia in particular arrived on Saturday night see you Sunday on board about fifteen different boats, from Tunisia and Libya.

According to Italian media, the reception center of this small rock closer to Africa than Italy is overwhelmed. With a capacity of 250 to 300 people, it currently houses 1,200, says the Ansa agency.

Migrants who manage to join the coasts of Lampedusa or Sicily travel on old and overloaded skiffs, in deplorable sanitary conditions, often without life jackets, with meager food, and under a blazing sun.

The daily La Siciliaspecifies that the last landings in Lampedusa saw ships with dozens, even hundreds of people on board, but also small inflatables.

NGOs rescue at sea continue to recover hundreds of migrants lost in the Mediterranean.

Thus four Tunisians, including a woman, were stranded in the night on the beach of Cala Pisana after crossing the small arm of the sea which separates Tunisia from the island. Simultaneously, the coastguards intercepted a 13-meter vessel, leaving Zawija in Libya, with 123 Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Egyptians and Sudanese on board.

In addition, NGOs sea ​​rescue teams continue to recover hundreds of migrants lost in the Mediterranean.

SeaWatch said on Sunday it carried out four rescue operations on Saturday. On board the SeaWatch3, we have 428 people, including women and children, a nine-month pregnant woman and a patient with severe burns, she said on her Twitter account.

The OceanViking, of the NGO SOS Méditerranée, said it had recovered 87 people, including 57 unaccompanied minors, crammed into an overcrowded inflatable boat in distress in international waters off the coast of Libya.

Between January 1 and July 22, 34,000 people arrived by sea in Italy, compared to 25,500 in the same period of 2021 and 10,900 in 2020, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

< p class="e-p">The Central Mediterranean migration route is the most dangerous in the world. The International Organization for Migration estimates the number of dead and missing there at 990 since the beginning of the year.

Lega (anti-immigration) leader Matteo Salvini criticized the arrival of migrants in the country.

This seasonal increase in arrivals during the summer coincides this year in Italy with a turbulent political context.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi has resigned, abandoned by several parties making up his government of national unity.

President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has dissolved parliament and set elections for September 25, in which the right and the extreme right are the favourites.

Sunday morning on Twitter, Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega (anti-immigration), lamented the arrival of 411 illegal immigrants in a few hours in Lampedusa.

On September 25, Italians will finally be able to choose change: for the return of security, courage and border control, he wrote.

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