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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-14

Almost 1,000 Tunisians seeking refuge after last month's regime change arrived overnight on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Rome has declared a humanitarian emergency and freed-up funds to handle the influx.

AFP - Nearly 1,000 Tunisian migrants arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa overnight, where the government has already declared a humanitarian emergency, coast guards said Sunday.
              
"Since midnight, 977 people arrived on Lampedusa," the harbour master on Lampedusa, Antonio Morana, said as two more boats approached the tiny island off Sicily.
              
Thousands of Tunisians have been sailing across the Mediterranean in the wake of the North African country's revolution a month ago.
              
Police estimated more than 2,000 illegal immigrants still remained on the island on Sunday despite an airlift put in place by the authorities to move them to the mainland.
              
"The situation is very difficult," Morana said, saying boats were arriving non-stop.
              
A calm sea and good weather has favoured conditions for the would-be migrants.
              
Most were packed into small fishing boats intercepted by coast guards and taken to Lampedusa.
              
Hundreds have had to sleep in the open at the port because of a lack of facilities on the island, which also suffers shortages of fresh water.
              
Rome on Saturday declared a humanitarian emergency.
              
The government said the decision would enable civil protection officers "to take immediate action needed to control this phenomenon and assist citizens who have fled from North Africa."
              
In particular, the move will enable the central government to release funds for local authorities in areas which have been inundated by the wave of refugees, most of whom have fled to Lampedusa.

Date created : 2011-02-13

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