Italy’s Lampedusa Island Sees New Influx of Migrants

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Almost 2,000 African migrants, most of them Somalis and Eritreans, have arrived on Lampedusa, a small overcrowded island in Italy, during the last 24 hours. This is one of the largest migrant influxes experienced by Lampedusa this year. Authorities have warned of a public health crisis on the island, as it struggles to cope with around 7,000 migrants- exceeding the number of local residents. Boats carrying migrants from war-hit Libya arrived for the first time in several months while some migrants arrived from Tunisia.