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Berlusconi in talks over Tunisian migrants

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Berlusconi in talks over Tunisian migrants


A clearing-up operation is underway on the small Italian island of Lampedusa after over 2,000 Tunisian migrants were transferred to camps on the mainland on Sunday.

The 5,000 residents of the island have had to cope with over 20,000 mainly Tunisian refugees since that country’s dictator was deposed in an uprising in January.

On Monday Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi flew to Tunisia where he met the caretaker prime minister, Beji Kaid Essebsi, and interim President Fouad Mebazaa.

Berlusconi was there with his interior minister to talk about the problem and to ask the Tunisians to do more to prevent people leaving.

But with migrants being charged around 1,000 euros each by the smugglers, it could be a difficult issue to solve.

Already around 400 new migrants have arrived over the weekend, mostly young men looking for a better life in Europe.

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