Mediterranean Hope Newsletter April/May 2021
|Europe is dying on Lampedusa: appeal by FCEI|
International appeal to all of the European partners of Mediterranean Hope, the refugee and migrant program of the Italian Protestant churches to put pressure on governments: “We must affirm that Lampedusa is Europe”. Read more.
|Lampedusa: Italy’s gateway to Europe struggles with migrant influx by Mark Lowen, BBC News|
Cloaked by darkness and guarded by police, they huddle together at the port: the latest migrants to reach Lampedusa, out of the shadows and into Europe. More than 2,000 have reached the southern Italian island since Saturday, raising fears that the warmer weather could bring a new rush to Europe’s shores. Around the new arrivals, fragments of aluminium thermal blankets flutter in the air, buffeted by the winds they faced on their crossing from Libya. Almost 13,000 have landed in Italy so far this year; three times more than the same period in 2020. And more than 500 have died – a four-year high. Read more…
More than 2,000 migrants arrive on Italian island by boat (Al Jazeera English)
More than 2,000 migrants have arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa on several overcrowded fishing boats. Their arrival marks the biggest number of migrants to come ashore this year. The situation is sparking the attention of politicians across Europe and some are calling on leaders to revise their immigration policies. Read more…
Deadlock on regularization of migrant workers. The “Ero Straniero” campaign writes to the institutions
“The 2020 ad hoc regularization is in a situation of deadlock, with significant consequences in terms of legality, health and social security for our country”. So reads the open letter sent yesterday, 20th April, by dozens of organizations to the Ministries of the Interior, Health, Work and Agricultural Policy, to the president of the Chamber of Deputies and to the president of the Chamber’s Commission for Constitutional Affairs. Read more….
Mediterranean Hope: “Out of the Darkness”, a new project kicks off in Calabria
A new grass roots solidarity initiative, in Camini, a little Calabrian municipality and positive model of reception. Read more…