500 Illegal Migrants Land on Italian Island in Just 48 Hours
Lampedusa had seen several large influxes in a short period of time
The Italian island of Lampedusa has seen around 500 migrants arrive on its shores in a period of just 48 hours, according to reports.
There were four migrant vessels that landed on the Italian island as of Friday.
The boat was intercepted by the Port Authority and the Guardia di Finanza.
One woman who had traveled with her 14-year-old son was found dead on the boat, according to the newspaper Il Giornale.
As Breitbart reported, not long after the discovery of the boat, another small vessel was found by a local patrol boat with 21 migrants on board, including three children and six women.
At around 4:30 a.m. a much larger ship was intercepted by the Port Authority with 155 people on board, including 21 children and 11 women.
The final vessel landed on the island at around 6 a.m. containing 65 migrants, which had been discovered adrift by a Port Authority patrol boat around 30 miles off the Lampedusa coast.
In total, the past 48-hours had seen around 500 migrants arrive on the island, according to the newspaper.
The island's reception center is built to house around 250 migrants but has now become overloaded due to the new influx of arrivals.
NGO Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF), which has funded migrant transport ships in the Mediterranean, said the reception facility should be expanded.
#Italy’s populist leader #MatteoSalvini has ordered regional officials to prepare a mass "eviction plan" to shut down the country's illegal migrant camps.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 18, 2019
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But the local coordinator for populist League (Lega) leader Matteo Salvini, dismissed the idea:
“For 35 years, we have been fighting against this invasion."
"The NGOs have to understand that they must leave the island.
"The government must intervene to block the landings and instead create vital structures that Lampedusans need.”
Lampedusa had seen several large influxes in a short period of time, including in September when a single vessel offloaded 686 migrants.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this year, Italian schools with over 50 percent foreign-born pupils have grown from 805 to 880 in 2021, with more than half of the schools being kindergartens.
At least 8.4 percent of kindergartens in Italy now have over 30 percent of foreign-born pupils.
In Italy, foreign-born pupils represent around 10.3 percent of all students.