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Italy’s Lampedusa pleads for help after thousands of migrant arrivals

Migrants wait at the port to be transferred to the mainland, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy, on 14th September, 2023.

Lampedusa, Italy Reuters The small Italian island of Lampedusa is being overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving on its shores, its mayor said on Thursday, after thousands of people landed from North Africa on flimsy boats over the past two days. Lampedusa sits in the Mediterranean between Tunisia, Malta and the larger Italian island […]

NGO accuses Italian, Maltese politicians of crimes against humanity on migrants

Mediterranean Sea rescued migrants

Rome, Italy Reuters A German charity said on Wednesday it had reported senior European politicians including Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over their treatment of migrants. Those accused by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights include Maltese Premier Robert Abela and Salvini, who […]

Right-wing Meloni sworn in as Italy’s first woman prime minister

Italy Rome Giorgia Meloni swearing in2

Rome, ItalyReuters Giorgia Meloni was sworn in as Italy’s first woman Prime Minister on Saturday alongside her cabinet team, giving the country its most right-wing government since World War II. She takes office at an especially fraught moment, with Italy’s debt-laden economy once again heading into recession, firms buckling under the weight of soaring energy […]

Italy’s Salvini sent to trial on migrant kidnapping charge

Italy Matteo Salvini

Palermo, ItalyReuters Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s right-wing League party, must stand trial on charges of kidnapping over his decision to prevent more than 100 migrants from landing in the country in 2019, a judge has ordered. Salvini, who was interior minister at that time, left the migrants stranded at sea until prosecutors ordered the […]

Hundreds of refugees and Roma homeless in Italian eviction drive

Refugee in Rome

Rome, ItalyThomson Reuters Foundation Hundreds of migrants and Roma have been left homeless following two days of evictions in Italy, as its interior minister said on Wednesday that he was restoring order to the country. Volunteers running the Baobab camp in Rome said that police forcibly evicted about 150 refugees and undocumented migrants on Tuesday […]