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African migrants' deadly Mediterranean crossing - the unending toll


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African migrants' deadly Mediterranean crossing - the unending toll

Many Italians and people around the world were deeply shocked at the latest drowning deaths of illegal migrants off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Rai 3 television reported.

Southern Italy in the first three quarters of this year has handled 22,000 irregular migrants along the coast – almost three times as many as in the whole of last year. Swiss RSI television asked the UN High Commissioner for Refugees what is being done.

Lampedusa is not the only primary entry port into Europe for these migrants. The Spanish enclave of Melilla, surrounded by Morocco, is also a magnet of hope. France 2 reported on people there who managed to crash the gates.

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