“Italy sees summer surge in migrant boat landings,” by Lizzy Davies for the Guardian:
The number of migrants landing on Italian shores this year more than doubled over a 40-day period during July and August, official figures show.
The interior minister, Angelino Alfano, said on Thursday that 8,932 migrants had arrived after perilous sea crossings between July 1 and August 10.
The interior ministry said the total number of migrant arrivals for 2013 now stood at 17,167. Since August last year, Alfano said, more than 24,000 people are recorded as having made it to shore.
In recent weeks the arrivals have become a regular occurrence on the coasts of the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily and of the southern Italian mainland…