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Almost 700 migrants go ashore on Lampedusa

On Tuesday night, almost 700 migrants disembarked on the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. They are said to come from Morocco, Syria, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Senegal, Chad and Egypt, reports the Italian news agency Ansa.

They came to Europe on a 15-meter ship across the sea. The customs police intercepted the people around seven kilometers from the island and directed them to the port. 119 more migrants had already arrived in Lampedusa on Monday. This means that there are currently more than 1,000 people in the initial reception center, although according to Ansa it only offers space for 250.

Italian authorities register 45,000 migrants
Since the beginning of the migration crisis, numerous migrants have been arriving on the island, which is around 140 kilometers off the Tunisian coast. In May, around 4,000 immigrants arrived there within a few days.

By Tuesday, the Italian authorities had registered around 45,000 immigrants who had crossed the Mediterranean to Italy since the beginning of the year. That is almost twice as many as in the same period last year and more than six times as many as in 2019.

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