More than a thousand immigrants were transferred from Lampedusa to Sicily. Of them, 100 managed to escape from the identification center, which was completely overcrowded.
A hundred immigrants managed to escape from the identification center of Porto Empedocle, in Sicily (southern Italy), where they were transferred after arriving in Lampedusa, crowded due to the wave of arrivals in recent days.
In Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento, More than a thousand immigrants have been crammed since Sunday in a center that is not prepared for that number. and from which they constantly try to escape, report the Italian media, cited by the EFE news agency.
At least a hundred people managed to leave the facilities and are being searched by the police in this city, one of the largest reception centers for immigrants since Lampedusa, and which this Monday no longer receives people, according to the press.
At the reception center Lampedusa currently has 1,104 inhabitantsafter the arrival of a single ship with 33 Tunisians was recorded since midnight, compared to the more than 7,000 that the facility received in recent days.
Immigrants arriving in Lampedusa in three days exceed the population of the Italian island
In the last few hours the center has been emptying, with continuous transfers. This morning, a Navy ship transported 600 immigrants to Catania, also in Sicily, who were transferred to the San Giuseppe La Rena vaccination center, provided by the municipality.
In the next few hours, the “Geo Barents”, the Doctors Without Borders ship that rescued 471 migrants in several rescues in the central Mediterranean, will also arrive at the port of Brindisi, in Apulia.
Following the visit to Lampedusa on Sunday of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, together with the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin will arrive in Rome this Monday to discuss the issue of migration.
According to Italian media, before his arrival, Darmanin explained that “help” will be offered to Italy to defend its borders, but reiterated that France will not be responsible for immigrants arriving in Lampedusa.