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Quelle: MailOnline

Now Sicily is flooded with 2,000 migrants every day since the Balkans route shut

  • Sicily is being called ‚the new Lesbos‘ as thousands of migrants begin to arrive on ancient Mediterranean island
  • In the past three days alone more than 6,000 people have landed, as arrivals increase by 90 per cent on last year
  • MailOnline gained exclusive access to the Norwegian rescue ship helping to bring migrants from Libya to Palermo
  • Fleet of ships has been tasked with monitoring sea routes popular with migrants and picking up struggling dinghies

By Jake Wallis Simons In Palermo, Sicily For Mailonline

Thousands of migrants are pouring into Sicily by sea every day, sparking fears that the ancient Mediterranean isle has become ‘the new Lesbos’.

Arrivals to the island have increased by 90 per cent in the first three months of the year. In the last three days alone, more than 6,000 migrants have arrived on its shores.

MailOnline went aboard a Norwegian rescue ship that brought 900 migrants to the Sicilian port of Palermo. Thousands more, who had all been picked up on the Mediterranean, were taken ashore simultaneously at other ports on the island. […]


Relief: The sea crossing into Europe is fraught with danger, including punctures causing the dinghies to sink or fights during the journey


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