Hundreds of migrants reach Italian island
Migrants of sub-saharan origin fleeing uprising in north Africa arrive in Lampedusa.
Last Modified: 19 May 2011 22:57

More immigrants have arrive in Italy, but increasingly the migrants making this journey to the small island of Lampedusa are not North africans.

'These people of sub-saharan origin have started arriving over the last few weeks. Before that there had been a flow of men and women coming from Tunisia', said Italian police Bartolo Campo.

The United Nations has said that hundreds of Africans from countries like Eritrea and Somalia had fled Libya for Tunisia but have begun trying to get back into Libya again in order to find a boat to take them to Europe.

The UN has tried to warn them how dangerous the crossing can be, but most have said they think it's worth the risk.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Lampedusa, Italy.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.