On Friday, at least 34 people died after their boat sank while crossing the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. The vessel went down 100 kilometers south of the Italian Island Lampedusa and 110 kilometers off the coast of Malta.
Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in strong reactions across the continent. African politicians demand an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible.
The mayor of an island that was once a symbol for refugee compassion has warned it is descending into anarchy. His political opponents accuse him of stoking up fear and overstating the problem.
Some 600 migrants, including many children, have arrived in Sicily after being rescued at sea in the past days. The new influx highlights problems with a controversial deal between Italy and Libya on stopping migrants.
Pietro Bartolo is the so-called "migrant doctor" on the Italian island of Lampedusa. He treats migrants who arrive there every day, and told DW that Europe should look at migrants not as numbers, but as people.
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