A 36-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker has become one more victim in the migration crisis. Emmanuel Chidi Namdi died after being beaten up outside the Italian refuge where he’d been staying.
Namdi who had fled the violence of extremists Boko Haram was attacked on Tuesday by a football ultra who had first insulted his wife.
The incident happened in the coastal town of Fermo.
Meanwhile in Regio Calabria the rescue of migrants headed for Europe goes on. A baby named Manuela was the latest to be brought safely ashore. The infant who had been born on board a rescue ship was one of 980 sub-Saharan migrants picked up on Tuesday off the Libyan coast.
Over 4,500 people have been rescued in 30 different operations led by the Italian Coast Guard in the last 24-hours.
Most from rubber dinghies or wooden boats in the Mediterranean as the sea calmed after a rough weekend.
According to the International Organisation for Migration arrivals are down from the same period of 2015 – an estimated 67,000 – but the number of deaths on the perilous route has recently jumped. Ten women were found dead in the bottom of a rubber boat only last week.
On the political front the European Parliament has approved a proposal to set up a new border and coast guard agency to help countries cope with unusually high levels of migration.
The force of 1,500 guards would be able to deploy even if a member state did not ask for its help. The EU Commission said the force would work as a “safety net”.