While Lampedusa often gets a lot of attention for its having to deal with migrants, its neighbor, Malta, often has to bear a similar brunt as well. Malta, a small EU nation of 400,000 people about 90 kilometers south of Sicily.
In the last week alone, Armed Forces of Malta patrol boats found a sinking boat 20 miles off of the country’s southern coast and were forced to rescue 115 illegal immigrants who have claimed to be from Somalia.
Less than a week ago, another boat with 84 migrants on-board was intercepted 90 miles of of Malta’s coast by the Italian Navy and was escorted back to Libya. This is the latest example of the Italian government’s controversial new policy of sending ships back to Libya.