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17 April 2017

A two-week-old baby was among the passengers on flimsy boats. Reuters photo

Migrant Boats: Thousands Saved off Libyan Coast over Easter
Europe:  Thousands of migrants have been saved from the sea near Libya during one of the busiest weekends of the year for rescue workers, the BBC reports.

More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said.

But at least seven people drowned as aid workers struggled to rescue more than 1,500 migrants in one operation.

An eight-year-old boy was among the dead, rescue workers said.

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Migrants from Senegal and Niger joke with the waitress in the main bar of Sant' Alessio in Aspromonte, a small village of 330 inhabitants in Calabria, southern Italy (AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro)

Migrants Bring Dying Italy Village Back to Life

Italy – AFP: In the foothills of the Aspromonte mountains in southern Italy, the silence of a once-dying village is broken by the laughter of a small group of migrants, writes Fanny Carrier.

Tiny Sant'Alessio has been welcoming families and vulnerable migrants here for three years in a project which not only provides humanitarian assistance but brings with it invaluable economic and social benefits.

Over the years the village has dwindled to only 330 inhabitants, many of them elderly. The steep cobbled streets are deserted and most windows are shuttered, residents having left over the years for better work opportunities in Turin, Milan or as far away as Australia.

In an attempt to reverse the trend, however, since 2014 the council has been renting eight of these empty flats to house up to 35 migrants at a time as part of the national SPRAR network (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees).

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Migration in the News


  • CNN reported that rescuers have saved as many as 1,800 migrants stranded on boats off the coast of Libya.
     
  • Punch reported that food scarcity remains a big concern for internally displaced Nigerians in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states.
     
  • Al Jazeera reported that three WFP South Sudanese workers were killed on their way to a WFP warehouse near the city of Wau.
     
  • The News reported on the rescues migrants by Greek and Spanish coastguards at the weekend.
     
  • Hurriyet Daily News reported that members of Turkish and Syrian entrepreneurs in the IOM supported InnoCampus Entrepreneurship Accelerator Training Program in Gaziantep are making use of their skills by starting or developing business.

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