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Lampedusa marks anniversary of migrant shipwreck


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Lampedusa marks anniversary of migrant shipwreck

Special ceremonies have taken place on the Italian island of Lampedusa to mark the first anniversary of a shipwreck that claimed the lives of 366 African migrants.

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is also on the island for commemorations.

He found himself the focus of anger over how the crisis of migrants making dangerous crossings to Europe is being tackled.

This as the Italian navy says it has rescued more than 2,000 migrants in the past few days; in one year more than 150,000 have been saved.

The sinking of the migrant ship on October the 3rd last year pushed the issue right up the political agenda in Europe.

It also forced Rome into a leading role in dealing with the crisis, with the government setting up its own migrant ship search and rescue programme, Mare Nostrum.

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