8,000 Tunisian migrants arrive in Lampedusa

Nine boats carrying 660 migrants from Tunisia have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, bringing the total number of Tunisian migrants who have reached the island in the past five weeks to about 8,000.

Lampedusa Island

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that earlier bad weather had prevented Tunisians from crossing the Mediterranean Sea to the island.

Tunisians have been arriving on Lampedusa since mid-January following popular uprisings that started in December in Tunisia.

Jemini Pandya is IOM spokesperson.

“Last night there were another nine boats that arrived carrying 660 irregular Tunisian migrants. It means that in the past five weeks about 8,000 Tunisians have arrived on Lampedusa. The reason why in the past couple of weeks the numbers of people arriving had dropped quite dramatically had been because of the very bad weather but the improvement in weather conditions and dropping of the wind means that people are now feeling that it’s more safer to cross.”

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