Thirty-five illegal immigrants from Egypt were deported from Italy, said the Italian interior ministry. The migrants had been held in the identification and expulsion centre on the island of Lampedusa, before being put on a charter flight to Cairo. An Egyptian police probe in 2007 revealed that international trafficking rings, operating from Libya, were smuggling Egyptians into Europe at the price of $3,000 per person. Just last week, another 38 illegal Immigrants had been repatriated.
A new memorial is expected to be unveiled on the island of Lampedusa, near Sicily, to serve as a memorial and reminder of the thousands of would-be migrants to Italy, that have died during their travels. It is not certain the number of migrants that have died in the past 20 years of this escalation in illegal immigration, but some estimated that as many as 12,000 may have perished in the journey. Most of the migrants trying to reach Italy come by way of North Africa, hoping to seek a better life in Italy. The Italian office of the UNHCR, the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Sicily will sponsor the memorial in Lampedusa.
Several recent incidents of illegal migration in just a couple of days sparked concern among Sicilian officials. A six-meter boat carrying 31 migrants arrived at the port of Lampedusa, and others were found on one of the Pelagie islands near Lampedusa in a small wooden boat. In a separate incident just a day later, 106 immigrants also arrived at the same port. taly has the European Union’s longest coastline – 4500 kilometers – making it a favorable destination for migrants, and also difficult to police.
Over 200 illegal immigrants landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, arriving in a cramped 16-meter wooden fishing boat. The 211 migrants, including seven women, are believed to have set sail from Libya; the migrants largely arrived in good condition.