Minister says up to 600,000 migrants ready to cross Med
Alfano vows to make Europe 'defend its border'03 April, 17:06
In October around 400 people died in two separate migrant-boat disasters near to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which is often the migrants' first port of call.
"We'll fight to ensure that Europe defends its border," added Alfano. Italy has complained that it has not received enough support from the European Union to cope with the arrival of migrants.