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Apr 23, 2015

Isle Landers: 10 year immigration crisis by photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi

Isle Landers: 10 year immigration crisis by photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi

African refugees and migrants have arrived in Malta in their thousands over the past decade and during that period Reuters photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi has been covering the story with an unwavering passion. These pictures represent ten years of Zammit Lupi's coverage of the immigration crisis. As many as 900 people may have died in Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya. That would be the highest death toll in recent times among migrants, who are trafficked in the tens of thousands in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. The European Union has proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations in response to the crisis.

Some of Darrin Zammit Lupi his pictures were also featured in the gallery A Migrant’s Perilous Journey from earlier this week.

Isle Landers: 10 year immigration crisis by photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi
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A group of 106 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy wait to be rescued by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station some 25 miles off the Libyan coast, in this October 4, 2014 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

Isle Landers: 10 year immigration crisis by photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Armed Forces of Malta marines toss bottles of water to a group of around 180 illegal immigrants as a rescue operation gets underway after their vessel ran into engine trouble, some 30km (19 miles) southwest of Malta in this September 25, 2005 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A boat used by would-be immigrants floats upside-down after capsizing, 75 miles (121 km) south-west of Malta in this June 16, 2008 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A would-be immigrant climbs onto an Armed Forces of Malta ship after being transferred from a trawler, around 80 nautical miles south of Malta, in this May 31, 2007 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy reach out for life jackets tossed to them by rescuers of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) some 25 miles off the Libyan coast, in this October 4, 2014 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Would-be immigrants sleep on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta ship after being transferred from a trawler around 80 nautical miles south of Malta, in this May 31, 2007 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A migrant sits on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol boat after a rescue operation of a group of around 180 illegal immigrants, after their vessel ran into engine trouble, some 30km (19 miles) southwest of Malta September 25, 2005 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Migrants rest under the heli-pad of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix as their rubber dinghy is burnt and sunk after their group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans was rescued some 25 miles off the Libyan coast in this October 4, 2014 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Syrian and Sub-Saharan African migrants attend a commemorative service, organised by the Jesuit Refugee Services for immigrants who lost their lives at sea, at Valletta's Grand Harbour, in this October 25, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) sailors lift a child from an AFM offshore patrol vessel at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this October 29, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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An Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) soldier carries life jackets while talking on a mobile phone as would-be immigrants wait to board a police bus after arriving in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this October 6, 2009 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A baby plays with the fingers of another child on an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) search and rescue boat at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this July 10, 2008 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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An immigrant girl sits on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this May 7, 2008 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Mohammed Ilmi Adam, a 17-year-old Somali immigrant, looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this July 10, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Syrian immigrant Mohamed, 12, looks out of the window of a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour in this October 12, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Would-be immigrants stand near an Armed Forces of Malta guard (2nd R) at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants outside Valletta in this July 19, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A Somali migrant lies on her bed in a dormitory at the Lyster barracks detention centre for immigrants in Hal Far, outside Valletta, in this October 22, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A West African illegal immigrant pokes his head out of his room at the Lyster Detention Centre in Hal Far, outside Valletta, in this March 14, 2009 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Sub-Saharan African migrants sleep on their beds in a dormitory at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants, outside Valletta, in this October 22, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Would-be immigrants sit in their dormitory at the Safi barracks detention centre for immigrants in Safi outside Valletta in this July 19, 2013 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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African would-be immigrants hold onto a perimeter fence in an enclosed compound at the Safi detention centre outside Valletta in this July 15, 2008 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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African would-be immigrants exercise in an enclosed compound at the Safi detention centre outside Valletta in this July 15, 2008 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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A child migrant plays on a tricycle outside prefabricated container houses at the Hal Far Tent Village open centre outside Valletta in this September 2, 2014 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Somali migrant Abririsak Mohamud Anama prepares to leave for France at the Hal Far Reception Centre outside Valletta in this July 9, 2009 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Somali migrant Abririsak Mohamud Anama leaves the Hal Far Reception Centre outside Valletta at the start of his journey to France, in this July 9, 2009 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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An African refugee looks out of a window on a plane heading to Paris from Malta in this July 5, 2010 file photo. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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Selemauit Hagus Belay (C) of Ethiopia cries as a hearse carrying the coffin of her Eritrean husband Ashih Tekleab Haile leaves Mater Dei Hospital outside Valletta July 26, 2011 file photo. Ashih, who arrived in Malta as an irregular immigrant with his wife in 2009, drowned after rescuing a French tourist from drowning in rough seas. DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/Reuters

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