Large numbers of Tunisians landed on a tiny Sicilian island by boats,Â swelling the numbers of illegal migrants arriving on Italian shores in less than a week to well over 4,000.
Sixteen boats had arrived in less than 24 hours since Saturday night, Palermo-based coast guard official Claudia Viccica told The Associated Press. Many of the migrants were crammed onto aging fishing boats or motorized dinghies after reportedly paying hundreds of euros to smugglers for the trip across the Mediterranean.
EU Ready to Help Italy with Tunisian Refugees
Last time we checked there was no civil war in Tunisia.Â If Muslim people are running from Islam, where will we run to when they turn on us?
The European Union declared that it is ready to help Italy, which is facing an unexpectedly high refugee wave from restive Tunisia across the Mediterranean. More than 1000 persons have debarked Sunday on the small Italian island ofÂ Lampedusa, making the total number ofÂ refugees over the last 5 days to some 5000.Â Â (Source)