Italy immigration crisis: Over 1,000 migrants rescued at sea off Libyan coast

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST 8 Photos
1 / 8
African refugees look at the sea aboard the Golfo Azurro, a rescue ship of the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms NGO, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. (Santi Palacios / AP)

African refugees look at the sea aboard the Golfo Azurro, a rescue ship of the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms NGO, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
2 / 8
Rescuers found 332 people in three separate rubber boats travelling north of the Libyan coast, according to Proactiva Open Arms, the non -profit that operates the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel. (Santi Palacios / AP)

Rescuers found 332 people in three separate rubber boats travelling north of the Libyan coast, according to Proactiva Open Arms, the non -profit that operates the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
3 / 8
African refugees and migrants celebrate their arrival in Italy . (Santi Palacios / AP)

African refugees and migrants celebrate their arrival in Italy . (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
4 / 8
African refugees and migrants disembark, at the Italian port of Reggio Calabria after being rescued off the Libyan coast. (Santi Palacios / AP)

African refugees and migrants disembark, at the Italian port of Reggio Calabria after being rescued off the Libyan coast. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
5 / 8
The influx of migrants into Italy in the past years - approximately 181,000 arrivals only in 2016, with more than 5,000 dead in the Mediterranean crossing - has caused a rift in national public opinion. (Santi Palacios / AP)

The influx of migrants into Italy in the past years - approximately 181,000 arrivals only in 2016, with more than 5,000 dead in the Mediterranean crossing - has caused a rift in national public opinion. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
6 / 8
The vast majority of migrants and refugees reaching Italy are from Africa. The Italian government is considering a plan to oblige them to work. (Santi Palacios / AP)

The vast majority of migrants and refugees reaching Italy are from Africa. The Italian government is considering a plan to oblige them to work. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
7 / 8
A woman from Ivory Coast feeds her baby aboard the Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, as she waits with other refugees and migrants, to disembark at the Italian port of Reggio Calabria. (Santi Palacios / AP)

A woman from Ivory Coast feeds her baby aboard the Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, as she waits with other refugees and migrants, to disembark at the Italian port of Reggio Calabria. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
8 / 8
The UN’s refugee agency said that nearly 26,000 unaccompanied minors reached Italy last year, more than double the previous year. Most of them were teenage boys from Eritrea, Nigeria, Gambia and Egypt, but there were teenage girls too. (Santi Palacios / AP)

The UN’s refugee agency said that nearly 26,000 unaccompanied minors reached Italy last year, more than double the previous year. Most of them were teenage boys from Eritrea, Nigeria, Gambia and Egypt, but there were teenage girls too. (Santi Palacios / AP)

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 10:46 AM IST
SHARE
Story Saved