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15 June 2016

A boat carrying migrants enters the port of Lampedusa. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

'Not even death can stop 200,000 migrants wanting to escape'

The Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley speaks to Gianfranco Rosi, the Italian director of Fire at Sea, the documentary about life on Lampedusa, the tiny and remote Italian island where over the past few decades, some 400,000 migrants and asylum seekers have landed there en route to Europe.

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Migrants on the Italian Navy vessel Grecale off Sicily in May. In the first five months of this year, 48,000 migrants were rescued from the Canale di Sicilia section of the central Mediterranean. Credit Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Common-Sense Steps to Deal With the Migrant Crisis

The Italian aircraft carrier Cavour floats in the choppy blue sea. From a helicopter hovering high above it, the ship looks like a toy left behind in a pond on a windy afternoon. But it’s no toy, and this is not a game, writes Beppe Severgnini in The New York Times.

Built of 28,000 tons of steel, 800 feet long, rising 180 feet above the water line, with a fully equipped hospital and 550 crew members and officers from 14 different countries, the Cavour is the flagship of Eunavfor Med, the European Union’s mission to fight smugglers and stop human trafficking across the Mediterranean.

You could call the carrier Europe’s forward operating base. Libya’s shore is just 40 miles south. Beyond is Africa, and its people are on the move. According to Europol, 800,000 migrants are waiting along the coast, ready to leave as the sea calms down in the summer. The smugglers can celebrate. Each passenger is worth thousands of dollars a year.

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Migration in the News
  • Xinhua reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing welcomed and appreciated China's application to become a member state of IOM, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.

  • New York Times, Reuters, and  Voice of America reported that at least 60,000 migrants died or disappeared at sea or on land routes over the past two decades, citing IOM’s latest Fatal Journeys report.

  • Al Jazeera and Daily Mail reported that according to UNICEF, nine out of every 10 children arriving in Italy from North Africa were not accompanied by adults.

  • Sudan Tribune reported that Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services said it has foiled a people-smuggling operation via the Red Sea coast in Port Sudan in which two suspects were arrested.

  • AFP reported that Iraq's offensive to retake the jihadist bastion of Fallujah has displaced 43,000 people in just over three weeks.

Trending on the Internet

  • Climate Change News reported that islanders will start leaving Kiribati in 2020 as rising seas make life too difficult, according to its president Anote Tong.

  • The Guardian published a gallery of photographs taken by migrants living in the much publicised Camp Jungle at Calais shows Europe’s migrant crisis through the eyes of the people at its centre: those who are fleeing, living in camps and seeking asylum.

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