Italian Coast Guard Rescues 4,400 Migrants In One Day In The Mediterranean Coast


In what is now becoming an unprecedented wave of migration since the second world war, Smugglers are reported to have suddenly taken advantage of generally stable sea conditions to launch migrant boats, mostly overcrowded rickety ones from the Lybian Coast, causing the Italian Coast guard to launch a massive rescue operation in which an estimated 4,400 migrants were rescued in just one day in a total of  22 rescue operations on Saturday.

Italian Coast guard, Navy  and Police Boats all pooled together in the rescue operation in which motorised rubber dinghies and fishing boats, brought migrants desperate to reach Europe’s southern shores.

The crisis is compounded by the fact that there is no coordinated programme of action to resolve the crisis by the European countries as no one appears to be ready to take responsibility, so there are no suitable receiving facilities on European shores, such as food, accomodation, welfare and immigrant processing services. By Sibusiso Ngwenya. See more at

photo- Image of shipwrecked people being rescued aboard a boat 32 km (20 miles) north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy in this picture taken June 7 -Indianexpress.

40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years


Migration has been top of the agenda for the European Union Summit summit, which opened on Thursday. European Union partners, have faced a deluge of thousands of migrants arriving by sea, many fleeing ,persecution, war , violence, terror and also simply economic migrants fleeing poverty mainly across African countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Nigeria.

European Union (EU) leaders, after marathon deliberations over the unprecedented number of migrant arrivals on European shores that has been seen of late, have finally come to an agreement that is envisaged to alleviate part of the problem, as leaders agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece by sea this year, whilst at the same time EU leaders agreed to resettle a total of 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

Of note is the United Kingdom who have chosen to be exempt from the scheme, using one of its exemptions as agreed in the EU Lisbon treaty.

The relocation programme is a wholly voluntary project by participating nations as some nations in eastern Europe refused to accept set out relocation quotas

The Summit chairman Donald Tusk announced that 40,000 migrants will be relocated from where they are and distributed to other European Union (EU) states over the next two years in a willing take up basis as there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR, statistics show that this year alone, a total of 63,000 migrants arrived in Greece and 62,000 in Italy by sea, showing the alarming rate of arrivals and the need for a responsive and joint initiative by the EU to resolve the crisis as it will only grow worse if ignored. by Sibusiso Ngwenya.

photo-Commercial vessels on busy Mediterranean routes asked to assist with waves of migrants-wjs