- Title: Hundreds of migrants brought to Italy after sea rescue
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: AT SEA (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) MIGRANT ONBOARD RESCUE VESSEL LOOKING TOWARDS ITALIAN COASTLINE VARIOUS MIGRANTS LOOKING TOWARDS LAND ITALIAN PORT OF CROTONE VARIOUS OF MIGRANT SMILING AND LOOKING TOWARD PORT EMERGENCY SERVICES ON PORT SIDE VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS SEATED ON DECK CROTONE, ITALY (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN DISEMBARKING RESCUE VESSEL MAN MAKING LIST OF PEOPLE AS THEY LEAVE VESSEL BAREFOOTED MIGRANTS LEAVING VESSEL VARIOUS OF MEN LEAVING VESSEL MIGRANTS WITH NO SHOES VARIOUS OF DISEMBARKATION FACE OF SMILING MIGRANT VARIOUS MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING RESCUE VESSEL AT PORT SIDE AS MIGRANTS DISEMBARK
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 12:00
- Keywords: Migrants sea rescue NGO's Mediterranean
- Location: AT SEA AND CROTONE, ITALY
- City: AT SEA AND CROTONE, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M81C93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Over 500 migrants were brought to shore in Italy on Wednesday (June 21) after being rescued at sea by the Vos Hestia rescue ship, operated by Save the Children.
Plucked from flimsy rubber vessels several days ago the migrants have had to put up with rough seas for the journey to safety at Italy's southern Crotone port.
NGO's in the Mediterranean are increasingly taking over more of the sea rescues near the Libyan coast. During the first four months of this year non-governmental groups completed about 35 percent of rescues, according to Italy's coastguard, which coordinates all the rescues from Rome.
The EU border agency Frontex and its anti-smuggling mission, Sophia, have picked up a smaller percentage of sea-borne migrants because they do not go so close to shore, saying it makes smuggling too easy.
They collected 16 percent of the migrants rescued during the first four months of this year, down from 25 percent in 2016. Italy's coastguard and navy are also doing fewer rescues.
Since the European Union and Turkey agreed to shut down boat migrants setting off for Greece last year, Italy is Europe's main entry point for refugees and migrants. A record 181,000 migrants arrived on Italy's shores last year.
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