MagazineApr 13, 2011
The Lampedusa Immigrants Crisis
Lampedusa is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea and Italy. Tunisia is the closest shore to Lampedusa at a distance of approximately 113 kilometres (70 mi) from Tunisia, and it is the southernmost point in Italy. Its population of approximately 4,500 subsists on fishing, agriculture and tourism. It has lately been known primarily for its role as an entry point to Europe for impoverished illegal immigrants from Africa. Read more.
12. People fleeing the unrest in Tunisia arrive at the southern Italian island of Lampedusa as a coast guard assists them at the harbour March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
17. People who fled the unrest in Tunisia rest next to a fire after arriving on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile