News from Lampedusa - a personal report

Lampedusa is the very first place where migrants land after their difficult journey from north Africa. From here they are sent to several detention centers in Italy.

A new centre is going to be open in the next days in a residence in Mineo, close to Catania (Sicily) in what used to be a residence for NATO employees!

It seems that up to now about 8000 migrants have arrived from Tunisia.

At the moment there are probably about 1400 migrants in the Lampedusa detention center (there is barely space for 800!)

What follows is a personal account of an NoBorder activist's journey to Lampedusa.

Solidarity with the Migrants in Lampedusa, Protest in London

there will be a picket of the Italian Embassy in London in solidarity with the migrants on hungers strike and with the residents of Lampedusa , in struggle against the island being turned into one huge concentration camp for immigrants. Called by No Borders London and supported by No Borders UK groups, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, SOAS Detainee Support Group, National Coalition of Anit-Deportation Campaigns, Campaign Against Immigration Controls, No One Is Illegal.

Lampedusa centre on fire

This morning in Lampedusa, the southern island of Europe, a revolt
started in the "Centre for identification and expulsion", following the
hunger strike of 300 detainees from Tunisia. The detention center hosts
more than 800 migrants, mostly from Tunisia. The fire destroyed most of
the building and the police had to fight the revolt with extra smoke
(teargas), it is yet unknown the number of people harmed.

Italy: Mass escapes and protests in Lampedusa

Nearly 2000 persons were crammed in a centre that can barely contain 850, after a series of arrivals of boats from the African coast. People were locked behind gates and many were sleeping out in the rain because of overcrowding. The Interior Minister Maroni refused to move them to other structures operating in Italy, insisting they must be processed and eventually deported directly from Lampedusa, the small island south of Sicily that is the first point of arrival for many migrants, especially since increased immigration controls at the Spansh border have changed the migration routes. (updated 27 jan 2009)