This image provided by the German NGO Sea-watch shows a boat carrying a group of migrants in distress in the southern Mediterranean Sea.
In total, summed up the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Thursday, during a meeting of the Security Council devoted to the crisis in Mediterranean, this brings to more than 2,500 the number of migrants dead or missing between January 1 and September 24, 2023, an increase of 50% over one year.
The spectacular images of arrivals in mid-September on the small Italian island of Lampedusa have brought back into focus the burning issue of European cooperation in the management of migratory flows.
With 8,500 people disembarking in three days on the island, more than its total population, the arrivals have sparked a local crisis in Lampedusa and a political storm in Italy, which is multiplying measures of ;urgency and firmness since.
Latest example to date: the government of Giorgia Meloni, at the head of a right-wing and far-right coalition, approved Wednesday evening in the Council of Ministers a draft decree which opens the possibility of placing minors unaccompanied children over 16 years old in adult facilities and to have them undergo medical examinations to determine their age.
If the project must still be approved by Parliament, where the ultra-conservative government has an absolute majority, the text authorizes anthropometric measurements and examinations such as x-rays to determine the age of young migrants. Objective: It will no longer be possible to lie about your true age to avoid possible expulsion, Giorgia Meloni warned on her Facebook page.
A worrying provision, the spokesperson for UNICEF in Italy, Andrea Iacomini, expressed alarm to AFP.