900 Migrants Rescued On the Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard official said on Thursday, more than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa. With Libya engulfed in strife, people smugglers are increasingly free to pack migrants onto unsafe boats, and they are expected to push total arrivals in Italy for 2015 to 200,000, an increase of 30,000 on last year, according to an Interior Ministry projection. Refugees escaping war and political persecution, and economic migrants desperate for a better life have been pouring into Italy this year, with approximately 35,500 arriving there up to the first week of May, the UN refugee agency estimates.