Charity concert to raise awareness about immigrants

Two concerts were held on the island of Lampedusa to raise awareness about the plight of illegal immigrants. International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said that “the concerts can do that little extra bit to help the Italian public and institutions understand the problems these people face.” Di Giacomo added that the migrants, who arrive to Lampedusa almost daily, are likely trying to achieve political asylum, and many are fleeing war and political persecution. IOM regional representative Peter Schatzzer said that he hopes the concerts will send a message of solidarity between Italy and other Mediterranean countries.

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Senegalese wary of Spain’s anti-immigration campaign

In September, Spain and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) launched a massive campaign to broadcast the life-threatening risks and dangers of making the trip to reach Europe, hoping to dissuade would-be illegal immigration. Many Senagelese view the campaign with skepticism, citing the campaign as futile – people leave because they have no other choice, and taking the risk is often a last resort with no other life opportunities.