“Flow of refugees to Italy grows as Syria strike looms,” from the AFP (reposted by France24):
As the threat of US-led strikes on Syria looms large, Italy is preparing for the dramatic rise in refugee landings on its shores to increase even further.
Thousands of Syrians have arrived so far this year in a markedly different type of influx to landings seen since the start of the Arab Spring revolts in 2011.
Scores or even hundreds more arrive almost daily, in what officials say has created an “emergency” in Sicily.
They are usually better off and better connected than the thousands of Eritreans and Somalians who also come and their final destination is Sweden, not Italy…