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Lampedusa Tightens Migrant Controls After Failed Experiment in Open Borders

After trouncing the incumbent Lampedusa mayor in elections this past summer, Salvatore Martello immediately began fulfilling campaign promises to get a grip on uncontrolled immigration and has now brought the population of the island’s welcome center down to a manageable 100.


Italy: Record 10,000 Migrants Rescued in Two Days

Between Monday and Tuesday, a record number of over ten thousand mostly African migrants were rescued in the Strait of Sicily and brought to Italy, bringing the year’s total to over 142,000.


Migrants Burn Down Lampedusa Refugee Welcome Center

A group of Tunisian migrants set fire to the main pavilion in a Lampedusa refugee welcome center Tuesday night, causing severe damage, after learning they would be repatriated to their home country, according to reports.

Police intervene to restore order in a temporary staying center, on the Italian island of Lampedusa, after migrants set fire and tried to escape, on April 11, 2011.

Somali Migrant Trafficker and Serial Rapist Sentenced to 30 Years

The Palermo Court of Appeals confirmed the 30-year sentence of Somali migrant smuggler Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin Friday, found guilty of human trafficking, criminal racketeering aimed at illegal immigration and sexual violence. Muhidin was the captain of a vessel loaded with


European Commission Earmarks €30m for Self-Promotion Strategy

The European Commission has put out to tender a €30m contract to provide the citizens of Europe with a “better understanding” of the European Union. It hopes that the successful contractors will stage events in which Commissioners can sell first