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Italy: Coast Guard picks up 269 refugees and migrants in the Med

29 28.08.2015 Инфо

The Italian Coast Guard picked up a total of 269 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, Thursday, as shown by footage released on Friday. The patrol boats CP320 and CP302 intercepted two vessels carrying 134 and 135 people respectively. They were transferred to the port of Lampedusa, where they arrived late at night. Over 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean and landed on European shores in 2015 alone, with southern Europe seeing the majority of arrivals. Italy is currently host to an estimated 60,000 new arrivals, a number rivalled only by the 48,000 migrants who have arrived in Greece this year. Footage courtesy of: Italian Coast Guard