Almost 1,200 Italy Migrants Arrive on the Italian Coast in Boats
By: Jayden Dudek
Close to 1,200 migrants from Asia, Africa and Middle East landed at ports in Sicily, Italy on July 23rd, 2022.
Officials say 674 people were rescued and 5 dead bodies were discovered from an overloaded fishing boat off the coast of Calabria. Additionally, 522 people rescued from around 20 boats were brought to Lampedusa on Saturday.
The boats had come from Libya and/or Tunisia. Lampedusa is one of the primary routes for migrants to get into Europe due to its convenient geographic location. The rescued survivors include people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, who seek for asylum.
According to Italian media, 1184 people are now in the Immigration Center. A news business, ANSA, reported that the number of migrants arrived in the community center was well over its maximum capacity, which is around 350 people.
The Mediterranean is considered a very dangerous route for migration. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) some 3,231 people were recorded as being either dead or missing in the Mediterranean and the northwest Atlantic in 2021.