curated by the MEDreport editorial team
In July, the number of people who were forced to flee and cross the Mediterranean Sea and managed to arrive in Italy was 13,746. Among them were 1,341 unaccompanied minors. In Lampedusa, crowded with tourists, the hotspot structure in the area is once again on its knees: over two thousand men, women, and children crammed in waiting for transfers. Something that has already happened in previous months, in previous years, but which, even this time, continues to take on the guise of something new.
As reported by journalists who give voice to the present horror, there is no longer any division between men and women, thousands of people forced to rest on filthy old mattresses, amidst dust and rubbish that invades the entire center. Predictably enough, the beginning of the election campaign in Italy – which has never actually ended – takes the opportunity to bring the important yet fragile issue of migration back to the center of the debate.
A tragic example of this is the case of the Gamar, the boat that saved 47 people on 3 October 2013. Today, however, it becomes a space for those who proclaim the need to strengthen ties – even more – with the ferocious Libyan Coast Guard, which, as can be seen in the following pages, continues its rejections on a daily basis.
Here the full report for July 2022 (link to download):