Lampedusa, Italy

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This tiny Mediterranean island has become a locus for illegal immigration, refugees and asylum-seekers into the European Union, as it is along the continent’s most southern maritime border. While part of Italy, the 6,000-person island is actually geographically closer to Tunisia than Sicily. In January 2009, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees “expressed mounting concern” that the conditions for reception of asylum seekers is inadequate. The UNHCR said that Lampedusa’s refugee center was designed to hold 850 people, but currently holds nearly 2,000.

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