The Mayor of Lampedusa, the destination of many migrants who risk their lives to get to Europe, is considering the possibility of declaring the state of “emergency” on the island if the government does not address the migration crisis.
“The situation has become confusing. If the government does not do this, I will declare a state of emergency,” said Mayor Toto Martello in statements to the Italian agency ANSA.
According to the report, the 20 square kilometer island now has 1,027 migrants on the 20 square kilometer island, including 203 who arrived with seven ships intercepted overnight. Most are said to come from Tunisia.
According to ANSA, around 50 of the new arrivals stayed in tents in the port of Lampedusa due to a lack of other accommodation options.