The UN says more than 60,000 people have made the crossing from Africa into Europe this year.

Almost 10,000 have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the past week alone while trying to make the journey.

Some believe the rescue groups are encouraging the crossings, which has led to public opinion in Italy hardening against aid agencies involved in rescuing refugees.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Sicily.

Europe, Italy, Politics