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Old 02-13-2011, 09:13 AM
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Default BBC: Italy 'to deploy police to Tunisia' to tackle migration

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13 February 2011 Last updated at 12:00 ET

Italy 'to deploy police to Tunisia' to tackle migration

Many migrants have headed to the Italian island of Lampedusa

The Italian government is to ask for permission to deploy its police in Tunisia, to tackle a sudden wave of immigration, say officials.

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Europe was not doing anything to help stop the flow of migrants, the Italian news agency Ansa reports.

More than 4,000 migrants are reported to have arrived on the island of Lampedusa in the past few days.

Italy has declared a humanitarian emergency and called for EU assistance.

Mr Maroni, who is a member of the anti-immigration Northern League party, said the Tunisian system was "collapsing".

"I will ask the Tunisian foreign ministry for permission for our authorities to intervene to stop the flow in Tunisia," Ansa quoted him as saying.

The migrants are experiencing political upheaval and poverty in Tunisia Mr Maroni accused other EU states of leaving Italy to deal with the situation alone, despite the impact it could have on other countries.

"Europe is not doing anything, I am very concerned," he said.

"I asked for the urgent intervention of the EU because the Maghreb is exploding. There is an institutional and political earthquake that could have a devastating impact on the whole of Europe through Italy.

'Out of control'

Italian officials said another 1,000 migrants arrived on Lampedusa on Sunday, bringing the total to more than 4,000 and swamping facilities there.

The small Sicilian island, which normally has a population of about 5,000 people, is closer to North Africa than the Italian mainland.

Most of the migrants have come from Tunisia, which has seen continued turmoil since the 14 January overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

They have arrived in small and overcrowded boats - Tunisia's official Tap news agency says one man died and another is missing after one boat sank while still in Tunisian waters.

The mayor of Lampedusa, Bernardino De Rubeis, told reporters on Sunday: "It's out of control."

On Friday, Mr Maroni and Foreign Minister Franco Frattini requested an immediate deployment of the EU's border security agency, Frontex, to patrol off the Tunisian coast.

Mr Maroni has said terrorists and al-Qaeda supporters, as well as common criminals, could be using the situation to enter Europe.

Ferries and planes have been pressed into service to transport the migrants to detention centres in Sicily and elsewhere in southern Italy so their identities can be checked.

The UN's refugee agency says some of the migrants are seeking asylum from the political upheaval in Tunisia while others are fleeing poverty.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:32 AM
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That's certainly no surprise to me. The whole world is seriously overpopulated. It will become more and more prevalent as the years roll on.

China, at least, adopted a one child policy.

Bizarre that China, India, Africa and the third world/ Muslims and others *( Not to exclude the Mormons ) are producing 5, 6, 7, 8 off-springs per family while some countries like Russia and parts of Europe have dropped below the replacement level.
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The global problem is from Catholics and Muslims who must puke babies in order to stay politically powerful by numbers alone since their belief systems have nothing to contribute to human existence.
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Default BBC: Tunisia migrants: Italy alerts EU amid Lampedusa influx

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14 February 2011 Last updated at 14:57 ET

Tunisia migrants: Italy alerts EU amid Lampedusa influx

Italian authorities are struggling to cope with a crisis on the tiny island of Lampedusa after thousands of migrants arrived from Tunisia.

A holding centre designed for 850 people is reported to be overflowing. More than 4,000 migrants are said to have arrived there in recent days.

Since Tunisia overthrew its president last month, police patrols along the coast have been patchy.

EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has visited Tunis promising support.

She said the EU wanted to be Tunisia's "strongest ally" in pushing towards democracy and announced immediate new financial help of 17m euros (14m; $23m).

Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini is also due to visit the Tunisian capital.

He discussed the influx by phone with Lady Ashton and called for the EU border agency Frontex to help patrol the waters off Lampedusa, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reports.

On Saturday, Italy declared a humanitarian emergency and called for EU assistance.

A spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Simona Moscarelli, said Italy must fly migrants from Lampedusa to the Italian mainland as soon as possible.

"It's quite a critical situation. That's why we are asking the government to organise as many trips, as many flights as possible," she told the BBC's World Today programme, by phone from Lampedusa.

She described the migrants as "a mixed flow" - some were fleeing insecurity in Tunisia, following last month's uprising there, while others were seizing the chance to get to Europe to find work.

Tunisia turmoil

Tunisia's long-time President, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, quit amid a popular uprising later dubbed the Jasmine Revolution.

Frontex says it has not yet received an Italian request for help.

In the past Frontex has helped Spain to stem a flow of African migrants to the Canary Islands and Frontex currently has a police team in Greece, to stop illegal migrants entering the EU from Turkey.

A Frontex spokeswoman told the BBC that "we are following the situation in Italy very closely and two staff members have gone to Italy over the weekend".

"We've run many joint operations in Italy in the past. The procedure depends on what type of request we have," she said.

Any Frontex deployment to Lampedusa would require days if not weeks of planning, as the EU member states would have to agree on their contributions to the mission, in terms of personnel and equipment.

Crowded boats

Italian officials said another 1,000 migrants arrived on Lampedusa on Sunday, bringing the total to more than 4,000. Most of the migrants are from Tunisia.

The small Sicilian island, which normally has a population of about 5,000 people, is closer to North Africa than the Italian mainland.

The migrants have arrived in small and overcrowded boats.

In Tunisia there have been strikes and clashes on the streets since the uprising, and many police officers have abandoned their posts, leaving what some describe as a state of lawlessness.

Italy's Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said on Sunday that Europe was not doing anything to help stop the flow of migrants and that he would request permission from Tunisia for Italian authorities to intervene.

A Tunisian government spokesperson, Tayeb Baccouche, dismissed the statement as "unacceptable", AFP news agency said.

In 2006-09 Frontex conducted patrols in the central Mediterranean, before Italy signed an agreement with Libya to block illegal migration to Europe.

In another operation, called Hermes, Frontex has conducted patrols south of Sardinia, to intercept Algerians and Tunisians trying to reach Europe.
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