Italian government working on possible asylum law revisions
Measures may be introduced after Lampedusa boat deaths07 October, 20:15
The changes in the current laws will be based on three European Union directives, according to preliminary work carried out during a technical workshop overseen by undersecretary of state Filippo Patroni Griffi that took place at the premier's office Monday.
European Commission President Jose' Manuel Barroso has said he plans to travel to Lampedusa on Tuesday to see the tragedy with his own eyes and evaluate what "we can do together" to resolve the situation. The boat was thought to have been carrying more than 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, when it went down. Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge visited Lampedusa on Sunday and renewed calls for reform of Italy's tough immigration laws.