More than half the surviving Muslim illegal aliens of the Lampedusa shipwreck have fled Italy for northern Europe – a day after being transferred to the mainland – for countries like England, Germany, France, and Sweden. Italians, especially the canines, are very happy to see them go.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Susan K) The 89 illegal aliens, including one woman, all from Eritrea, had been provided with accommodation in Rome, where they could stay for six months after their horrific ordeal. But just 24 hours after they arrived in the Italian capital, they all vanished without a trace, according to the city’s social services department.
Under EU rules migrants are not allowed to move away from the country of arrival. But in practice many sneak across the border into Germany or France and onwards to the UK or Scandinavia where benefits are generous. Some 20 per cent of those arriving by boat in Italy settle in Britain, investigators say.
More than 330 North Africans, including many women and children, perished after their boat caught fire half a mile off the coast of Lampedusa. The island, closer to Tunisia than mainland Europe, is the first port of call for many would-be-migrants seeking a new home in Europe.
Tens of thousands of Muslim illegals have made the crossing since the beginning of the Arab Spring as swathes of North Africa descended into chaos. After the shipwreck the survivors were accommodated on the island or in Sicily.
The ship had arrived within sight of Lampedusa after two days of sailing from Libya when in sank in October. The capsizing tossed hundreds of people into the sea, many of whom could not swim. It sank after a fire was set on board to attract the attention of passing boats or people onshore when it ran into trouble.