Migrants: 1,400 on Lampedusa, and arrivals continue

24 August, 09:00

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, 24 AGO - Some migrants fleeing.

    Sicily Governor Musumeci says island won't become a refugee camp A total of 1,400 migrants are currently on the island of Lampedusa in migrant hotspots and local church shelters managed by Father Carmelo La Magra. The most recent arrivals started on Thursday at midnight, when 276 refugees reached the island over the course of eight hours. Their arrivals added to the 250 who had already arrived on Thursday on six different boats. The overnight arrivals were made up of as few as six Tunisians, up to as many as 72 migrants, including Libyans and Sub-Saharan Africans. Most of the boats were intercepted by the port authority and finance police. However, one boat with 10 people aboard managed to arrive at the Madonnina pier on its own, while 72 migrants were stopped by Carabinieri police after landing at Cala Francese beach.

    Some migrants fled About 40 Tunisians on Thursday managed to flee the migrant hotspot in Imbriacola and roam freely without face masks on the island of Lampedusa. Many local residents, in addition to taking photographs of the migrants in the area of Ponente, called for law enforcement to take the Tunisians back to the facility where they are supposed to remain in quarantine. The Agrigento prefecture is working on a plan to transfer more migrants off Lampedusa. However, it is having difficulty finding available spots in the various migrant reception facilities across Italy.

    Regional governor Musumeci says 'no to Sicily as refugee camp' Regarding migrants and their redistribution, Sicily Governor Nello Musumeci said "Europe has to do its part". "Thus far, the intervention of the national government in Europe seems to have been absolutely inefficient," he said. "Sicily cannot become a refugee camp for these young people, who have been on the one hand hit by destiny, and on the other hand convinced that Sicily can be a launching pad for a better and different life," he said. "Of course, it's a legitimate wish, but not all wishes become rights if you take into account that some arrive with birds in cages and dogs in their arms. Also because it becomes hard to tell Sicilians to always wear face masks and maintain social distancing and then witness a series of images that don't seem to have the emergency criteria for those who come from zones of war or persecution," Musumeci said.

    (A rubber dinghy of migrants arrives at the port of Lampedusa.

    Photo: ANSA/ELIO DESIDERIO) (ANSA).

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