North African migrants stopped near Lampedusa, returned to Tripoli

Last week, 14 North African migrants were picked up by an Italian boat 30 miles off the coast of Lampedusa and 90 miles off the coast of Malta. Initially the Italian authorities refused to send any officers to the location…

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UNHCR, Italy in tit-for-tat spat over migrants

According to The Associated Press, the UN High Commission for Refugees said yesterday that Eritrean refugees were “mistreated by the Italian navy when it intercepted them in the Mediterranean,” off the coast of Lampedusa.

Ron Redmond, the UNHCR’s spokesman, said that…

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Lampedusa migration holding site now empty

Since earlier this month, the migration holding site at Lampedusa has been entirely emptied. Yes, astonishingly, the same location that once held 1,800 migrants has been entirely devoid of anyone being held at the center.

According to an account earlier this month…

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Italy Cracks Down on Illegal Immigration

Yesterday, Italy’s lower parliamentary chamber, the Camera dei Deputati passed a bill that made it a crime to enter or stay in Italy illegally. (Isn’t the entire definition of illegal immigration that it’s, erm, illegal?)

In any case, Premier Silvio Berlusconi and…

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Europe’s Immigrants Start Returning Home

Just as we discussed earlier in the week, with Japan sending Peruvians and Brazilians home, so too are many immigrants in Western Europe heading back to their points of origin.

The New York Times reports that many Eastern Europeans who had come…

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