Refugees land on Italian island

Migrants arrive at Lampedusa as European leaders discuss tightening border controls.

    About 1,300 refugees, crammed in six boats from Libya, have arrived on the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.

    Some of the migrants - who are fleeing a bloody war in the North African country - accuse coastguards and NATO troops of illegally ignoring distress calls, despite spotting their boats from the air and sea.

    About 20,000 migrants have fled to Lampedusa this year alone to escape uprisings in North Africa. 

    Meanwhile, Europe fears a growing wave of migration and is discussing more stringent border controls and ways of sending the immigrants back home.

    Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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