Migrants flee overcrowded shelters in Sicily 2:58 PM Abroad There are a thousand people in the shelter in Porto Empedocle, from which migrants are taken to other places in Italy.

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Migrants today in the port of Lampedusa
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In Sicily, about a hundred migrants have fled an overcrowded reception center, according to Italian media. There are a thousand people in the shelter in Porto Empedocle, intended as a temporary collection point from which migrants are taken to other places in Italy.

Last week, approximately 10,000 migrants arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, more than 200 kilometers southwest of Sicily. The reception facilities there are also overloaded. Migrants are taken from Lampedusa to the temporary reception center in Sicily, but because it is now also full, the system is stuck.

The shelter in Sicily is monitored by the police. Agents are looking for the escaped migrants.

The mayor of Porto Empedocle complains to the Italian broadcaster Rai about the circumstances, which he calls scandalous. “They did not flee, they went looking for food and drink. It is an explosive situation. This cannot continue.” He wants help from Rome.

Meloni takes measures

Prime Minister Meloni’s government wants to introduce a number of measures today that should make the country less attractive. For example, hopeless migrants should be able to be locked up for up to 18 months before they are deported from the country. That is now three months away. There should also be more migrant prisons in remote places.

Meloni is also looking to Brussels for measures. Yesterday, European Commission President Von der Leyen was in Lampedusa, where she pledged the support of EU border guard Frontex.

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