There are currently 2,796 people in the hotspot on the island. 400 migrants are expected to leave Lampedusa for Sicily on Saturday.
Migrants continue to land in Lampedusa, but not in the same numbers as in the past few days. Three boats carrying 121 people that left the Tunisian coast arrived on the island on Saturday morning. There were 14 women on board. On Friday, 527 people arrived on 15 boats.
A baby born while crossing on a migrant boat died shortly after birth. The baby’s mother, who went into labor during the crossing, gave birth with the help of some of her fellow travellers. The baby reportedly died immediately after birth. About 40 migrants were on board the boat, which was rescued by a Port Authority patrol boat.
There are currently 2,796 people in the hotspot on the island. 400 migrants are expected to leave Lampedusa for Sicily on Saturday. The authorities want to relieve pressure on the island, which faced heavy migration movements this week. 10,000 people arrived in Lampedusa this week, which is home to 6,300 people.
This year, nearly 126,000 people reached Italian shores
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni called on the European Union to provide support to prevent migrants from crossing the Mediterranean Sea. If necessary, the navy should be deployed to prevent migrant boats from leaving, she said in a video message posted online on Friday evening. She promised to take strict measures against the increase in the number of arrivals, especially to Lampedusa. It also asked European Council President Charles Michel to place the immigration issue on the agenda of the European Union summit next October.
The Prime Minister announced emergency measures that her government will decide next Monday, including asking the army to build larger reception centers and extending the period during which people can be detained. In her video message, Meloni also invited European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Lampedusa “to personally realize the seriousness of the situation in which we find ourselves,” the right-wing politician said.
So far this year, nearly 126,000 migrants have reached Italian shores, nearly double the number at the same time in 2022. A state of emergency was declared in Lampedusa in light of the mass arrival of migrants. The island is crowded with migrants, with about 7,000 people from North Africa arriving by boat on Tuesday and Wednesday alone, the city’s mayor, Filippo Mannino, complained. (Abba)
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