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Some 1,000 migrants packed into 300-person facility in Italy

18/06/2013

Immigration by sea on the rise as temperatures warm

Some 1,000 migrants packed into 300-person facility in Italy

Lampedusa, June 18 - An estimated 1,000 immigrants were at a southern Italian holding center with a maximum occupancy of 300 people on Tuesday. The latest arrivals, 259 migrants, came late Monday to the island of Lampedusa, which is between Sicily and North Africa. Officials were working to move the migrants to different facilities. In the meantime people were seen overcrowding balconies and staircases at the Lampedusa center. The number of migrants to Italy increases annually in the summer months as sea conditions improve. However large numbers of people, usually packed inside unsafe boats, still die en route.