State of emergency declared on Italian island following migrant surge

Published 15 September 2023
- By Editorial Staff
A sudden influx of thousands of African migrants puts the small island and its population in crisis mode.

The small Italian island of Lampedusa is in crisis after more than 6,000 illegal migrants landed within the span of a day. Hundreds of boats have been seen arriving at the island’s ports, leading to increased tensions and violent confrontations between migrants and Italian police.

Mayor Filippo Mannino made the decision to declare a state of emergency on Wednesday evening and has called for more help and resources for the island.

– Everyone has helped in some way the migrants who needed help. But now it is really time to look for a structural solution, says Mannino.

The Italian government under Giorgia Meloni is now facing increased criticism. The government has promised to stop illegal immigration, but the numbers have instead skyrocketed. Over 100,000 illegal migrants have arrived in Italy so far in 2023, leading to accusations that the government has betrayed its voters.

Reports indicate that the final destination for many of the migrants is high-benefit countries in Northern Europe, primarily Germany, which puts further pressure on an already strained situation.

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