ROME: A bus carrying migrants who initially landed on Italy’s tiny southernmost island of Lampedusa collided with a truck on a motorway simply outdoors Rome on Friday (Sep 15), killing two drivers, Italian authorities mentioned.
The coach was taking round 50 migrants from Sicily within the south to Piedmont in northern Italy when the accident occurred. A variety of the migrants had been injured and brought to hospital for remedy.
The crash comes as Italy tries to answer a pointy improve in migrant boats from North Africa, largely touchdown on the tiny island of Lampedusa, a primary port of name for these attempting to succeed in the European Union by sea.
Lampedusa’s “hotspot” reception centre had virtually 7,000 migrants earlier this week, far above an official capability of round 400. Numbers have since fallen to three,800, the Italian Crimson Cross, which runs the ability, mentioned on Friday.
After tensions and scuffles contained in the centre, footage from Thursday evening, revealed on social media and within the Italian press, confirmed some migrants mixing with locals and vacationers and dancing to music on Lampedusa’s major avenue.
As soon as processed on Lampedusa, the migrants are despatched to the larger island of Sicily and distributed to reception centres throughout the Italian peninsula. A lot of them attempt to journey on to northern Europe, however are pushed again on the borders.
The arrivals are a headache for Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing authorities, which pledged to regulate immigration. Nearly 126,000 arrivals have been recovered thus far this 12 months, virtually double the determine at this stage for 2022.
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, the chief of the far-right League celebration, has lambasted the EU for “not caring” about Italy’s downside and mentioned the federal government would use “all means vital” to cease the boats.
Different right-wing politicians have picked up on the problem, with Marion Marechal le Pen, the niece of French far-right chief Marine Le Pen, visiting Lampedusa on Friday.
“What we’re seeing (in Lampedusa) is just the start of the migration disaster that we are going to face in coming a long time,” she mentioned in a message posted on social media web site X.