- Title: Over 1,000 migrants rescued at sea arrive in Italy
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: AUGUSTA, SICILY, ITALY (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) NAVY SHIP WITH MIGRANTS AT DOCK, AMBULANCES ON STANDBY CULTURAL MEDIATOR WEARING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING ON BOARD SHIP VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS ON SHIP YOUNG BOY ON SHIP NAVY SHIP AT DOCK MAN IN PROTECTIVE GEAR STANDING ON BOARD SHIP NAVY SHIP AT DOCK / RED CROSS TENT MIGRANTS ON SHIP MAN IN PROTECTIVE GEAR STANDING ON BOARD SHIP SHIP AT DOCK / AMBULANCES ON STANDBY VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS ON SHIP CHILDREN ON SHIP VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS GETTING OFF SHIP MEDICAL CHECKS ON MIGRANTS AS THEY EXIT SHIP VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS GETTING OFF SHIP
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 12:07
- Keywords: migrants rescue Mediterranean Italy
- Location: AUGUSTA, SICILY, ITALY
- City: AUGUSTA, SICILY, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA00152VAL3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:More than 1,000 migrants rescued at sea arrived at the Sicilian port of Augusta on Thursday (October 6) morning.
The migrants, including women and children, were rescued by the Italian Navy off the coast of Libya on Tuesday (October 4) - a day when 4,655 people were saved. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 28 bodies were recovered.
The total number of migrants rescued this week is over 11,000, Italy's coast guard said.
Libya is some 290 km (180 miles) from the Italian island of Lampedusa and people smugglers have taken advantage of the chaos in the North African state to use it as a staging post to Europe.
The latest surge in new arrivals means at least 142,000 migrants have reached Italy since the start of the year and around 3,100 have died making the trip.
The vast majority of refugees come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, the Ivory Coast and Somalia.
The migrants are brought to Italy, where European Union and Italian officials work together to identify and fingerprint them.
European law says migrants must stay in the country where they first enter the bloc and Italy is increasingly struggling to deal with the growing numbers.
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