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Deja Vu - The Mediterranean Solution? ()
08 Jul 2003
Has Italy's Berlusconi been learning from Australia's John Howard?
Deja Vu - The Mediterranean Solution?
Has Italy's Berlusconi been learning from Australia's John Howard?
* A government under pressure to control a sharp surge in illegal immigration
* Plans to house asylum seekers in off shore 'transit camps'
* A policy already in place to turn back boats before they enter territorial waters
* Close cooperation between authorities in countries of departure and intended destination to deter and disrupt people smuggling
* Calls from the right to shoot at asylum seekers boats to deter them from coming
* Boat grossly overloaded and in poor repair
* Boat sinks about 60 nautical miles from land
* Hundreds drown and only dozens survive
'Shoot asylum seekers'
'Italian Foreign Minister proposes maritime control centre in Malta', Chris Sultana, Malta Business Weekly, 26 June 2003
'Search for 200 after refugee boat sinks', Sophie Arie, The Guardian, 21 June 2003,3604,982180,00.html
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'Some 200 clandestine immigrants feared dead in waters off Tunisia',, 21 June 2003
mirrored at:
'Refugee crisis on Lampedusa', Jonathan Miller,, 22 June 2003
mirrored at:
For further information on another asylum seeker boat that conveniently sank see
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