The tragedy, the biggest of its kind this year, has intensified the UN refugee agency’s calls to open safe pathways for refugees who otherwise take perilous journeys to escape poverty and war.
The groups are protesting the two impending deportation cases involving two Afghan families, a single father with two sons and a single mother with her son and daughter
The closure was ordered by the far-right Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who has maintained a harsh stance against the reception of migrants from the war-torn North African countries.
The number of migrants attempting the perilous Mediterranean crossing has increased after the recent escalation of civil war in Libya.
The imperialist war in Syria has caused the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II and has been made worse by the rise in xenophobia in many countries.
Carola Rackete is the captain of the Sea Watch 3 which rescued 53 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea around 30 NM off the Libyan coast. The boat was denied permission to dock in Lampedusa for 14 days following which it approached the port without permission
Members of the Unione Sindacale di Base (USB) also helped relocating almost 140 inhabitants of the center, who faced the risk of being sent to Sicily. The order to close the center came from minister of internal affairs, Matteo Salvini
Mette Frederiksen, the leader of the Social Democrats is likely to form a minority government, seeking support from various parties on a issue basis. The Social Democrats supported welfare measures but have taken an anti-immigration line
In an interview to Peoples Dispatch, Victoria Siernes of LAC talks about the cases of state backed witch-hunting against refugees in the country.
Italy’s far-right interior minister ordered the confiscation of the vessel for defying his order by disembarking more migrants than were granted access to the Italian island.
According to reports, around 60 people ended up dead or missing among the 75 people on the boat that was headed to Italy from a northern Libyan port
The Women’s Refugee Commission report details the atrocities faced by refugees in camps in Libya, and the brutality of the Libyan Coast Guard, both of which have been financed by the European Union in an attempt to prevent the inflow of refugees