Italian Coast Guard Rescued 220 Migrant + Video

Sat May 2, 2015 19:31:15

As the toll of migrants drowned or rescued in the Mediterranean Sea reached unprecedented levels, we can call 2015 deadliest year for migrants making the perilous crossing, according to aid agencies.

The death of at least 800 migrants in a single shipwreck over the weekend jolted the European Union onto emergency footing to combat the crisis.

Both Malta and Italy are among the top destinations for migrants fleeing war, repression and poverty in the Middle East and Africa to reach Europe.

Italy has arrested more than 1,000 smugglers - most of them boat navigators, not the masterminds of the smuggling operations - and says it needs help.

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