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Estimated 11,000 Migrants Arrive in Italy in a Single Week

Estimated 11,000 Migrants Arrive in Italy in a Single Week

Italy has seen a surge in migrant arrivals in recent weeks, with as many as 11,000 arriving last week, half of them coming from Tunisia.

Of the 11,000 migrants to arrive in Italy last week, many came by small boat.

For those who come from Tunisia, the Italian island of Lampedusa, the part of Italy closest to the North African coast, is often their target.

On Tuesday night alone, around 300 migrants arrived on the island in 13 small boats.

The surge of new arrivals has led to intense overcrowding at the Lampedusa migrant reception facility which is designed to hold just 95 migrants at a time and currently holds around 1,000.

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