Journeys – the Migration Experience

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Lampedusa’s boats “graveyard”.
MSF is located in Lampedusa since 2002 operating a medical triage and first aid on the dock just after the migrants land.
In the last 3 years more than 50000 people arrived on board of more than 700 boats.
Only from January 2008 more than 6500 people landed in Lampedusa on more than 100 boats and rubber boats.
All the boats come from Libia after a journey that last between 2 and 4 days. Of course this is just the last leg of a migration that sometimes last years.
around 60% come from Maghreb, 18% east africa, 15 west africa and the rest from Subcontinental Indian and middle east.
Once landed those migrants are identified by the police and kept inside the cpsa (centro primo soccorso accoglienza)(first aid centre) for few days to be than redirected into other centre where they can stay longer and have their future decided. Some of them get the asylum and other are sent back home. Read more