Around 1,000 asylum-seekers and would-be immigrants have broken out of a reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
It comes the day after the United Nations criticised conditions at the massively overcrowded camp.The UN refugee agency wants steps to be taken to address what it called the “difficult humanitarian situation” on the southern island. Police said a group of migrants today forced open the camp’s gates and marched peacefully to the town centre. They were joined by a few hundred local people who also want the inmates transferred to bigger camps elsewhere in Italy. Both locals and migrants are firmly opposed to a new centre on Lampedusa that allows an acceleration of the repatriation process. With thousands of boat people arriving on its shores, the people of Lampedusa fear their home will be turned into what has been called a “Mediterranean Alcatraz.”