“Italy struggles with new wave of African migrants,” from Euronews:
More than 25,000 migrants landed in Sicily between January and the end of April this year, according to EU data.
Local politicians say they are struggling to cope with such an influx and the strain it puts on the public purse. The Italian government wants northern European countries to do more.
In the small port town of Pozzallo on the country’s southern coast an Italian navy ship docks after picking up 300 immigrants. They come from all corners of the Middle East and Africa where they say they face persecution.They paid hundreds of euros per person to flee to Europe’s shores, but were picked up near an Italian island close to Tunisia.
“We have intercepted them about 70 miles from Lampedusa . The rescue took place in rough seas.There are several similar operations in progress “ said Katia Pellegrino, an Italian navy commander.
Italian authorities arrested four smugglers in connection with these new arrivals…