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Hundreds of migrants land on Lampedusa

Almost 2,500 new arrivals in recent days

16 August, 12:24
Hundreds of migrants land on Lampedusa (ANSA) - Lampedusa, August 16 - A boat carrying hundreds of migrants landed on the southern island of Lampedusa on Tuesday.

The new arrivals came after almost 2,500 migrants landed on the island off the coast of Sicily in the past three days.

The latest boat landed in the bay of Cala Pisana where a ferry was about to set sail for Porto Empedcocle in Sicily.

Coast Guard officials and police met the vessel and were transferring the migrants to the island's migrant reception centre, which is currently hosting 1,180 migrants.

Tuesday's arrivals followed the transfer of 450 people who arrived at Lampedusa on Monday.

Meanwhile around 100 migrants travelling by ferry from Lampedusa on Wednesday are expected to land at the Sardinian port of Cagliari where they will be transferred to local migrant reception centres in Cagliari, Oristano, Nuoro and Olbia-Tempio.

Around 40,000 migrants have landed on Lampedusa from North Africa, first in a large wave from Tunisia and then in a smaller one from Libya, since the beginning of the year.

The reception facilities of the small island, which is closer to Africa than to Sicily, were quickly overrun and the Italian government has had to ship migrants out after protests from islanders.

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