Italy has rescued 47 boats carrying around 1,600 migrants in the central Mediterranean sea in the last two days and introduced them ashore to the island of Lampedusa.
Italy’s coastguard mentioned in an announcement late on Monday that it had taken to security around 1,200 migrants however that at the very least 23 folks have been lacking and one physique was recovered at sea following three shipwrecks.
One other 12 boats with around 400 migrants have been rescued on Tuesday, in line with information company ANSA.
The previous months have seen a pointy enhance in migrant boats making an attempt to achieve the Italian coast from Tunisia, which has grow to be a extra accessible departure level after crackdowns on human trafficking in Libya in latest months.
With the variety of folks crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers’ boats on the rise, Rome’s conservative authorities has urged Brussels to do extra to cut back irregular arrivals.
On Monday, Italy supplied Tunisia a prospect of cash in change for financial and political reforms as European Union international ministers mentioned in Luxembourg how to answer rising instability in the African nation.
Italian Inside Minister Matteo Piantedosi will go to Tunisia later this week, along with EU’s high migrants official and French counterpart. (Reporting by Cristina Carlevaro, enhancing by Federico Maccioni; Modifying by Andrew Cawthorne)