Lampedusa Still Enduring Migrant Waves

“Lampedusa still at apex of migrant flow,” by James Politi for the Financial Times:

As a rare tropical storm lashed the southern Mediterranean last week, Italian fishing boats were forced to stay in port and few vessels ventured out on to the treacherous waters around the island of Lampedusa.

One of those that did was the Viana do Castelo, a Portuguese navy patrol ship searching for migrants making the dangerous journey from north Africa to Europe, often in ramshackle wooden boats that are run by smuggling rings and are highly vulnerable to capsizing.

The Viana do Castelo is at the front line of Operation Triton, launched this month by the EU’s border patrol agency, Frontex, to help cope with a dramatic surge in the number of migrants heading for Italy – and in particular for Lampedusa, the largest of Italy’s remote Pelagie Islands, more than 100 miles from Sicily and the country’s southernmost point…

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