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08 Apr 2011 description
report Government of Italy

07 April 2011

Italy and Tunisia have signed an accord on handling the immigration emergency. The accord was signed in Tunis by Interior Minister Maroni after lengthy negotiations with the local authorities. Maroni explained that this was "a bilateral technical cooperation accord to counter illegal immigration and to strengthen collaboration between the two countries' police forces; repatiations are also envisaged".

31 Mar 2011 description

Overcrowding presents serious public health risk

Copenhagen and Rome, 31 March 2011

Issued jointly with the Ministry of Health, Italy

A two-day joint mission to the island of Lampedusa by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe was completed on 29 March 2011. It concluded that the public health situation in Lampedusa, where displaced people have arrived from northern Africa, is a cause for concern, although hitherto there have been no unusual infectious or other diseases detected among the newly arrived population.

08 Mar 2011 description
report Government of Italy

Rome 08 March 2011

On Minister Frattini's instructions, the Foreign Ministry's Development Cooperation Directorate is continuing in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian emergency caused by the flight of refugees from Libya to Egypt and Tunisia. An effort that has translated in the last few days into numerous bilateral and multilateral initiatives.

The emergency is being caused by the presence of about 25,000 refugees -14,000 of whom are Bangladeshi - at the Libyan-Tunisian border.

05 Mar 2011 description
report Government of Italy

Rome 05 March 2011

Humanitarian operations under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are proceeding rapidly at the Libya-Tunisia border.

With the help of supplies that arrived today on a C-130 transport plane and that are to be dispatched to Djerba, a temporary centre for the coordination of humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing Libya will be set up at the Tunisian refugee camp of Choucha, near Ras Jedir.

03 Mar 2011 description
report Government of Italy

On Minister Frattini's instructions, humanitarian operation is about to be launched for the assistance of Libyan refugees amassing in Tunisia.

A first aid facility will be set up at Ras Ejder to provide support for the UNHCR and IMO activities already under way on the ground.

In addition to providing first aid to the Libyan refugees, the Italian facility's main task will be to ensure the transfer by air and sea of Egyptian citizens wanting to repatriate. This humanitarian operation responds to the specific and coincident appeal of the Egyptian and Tunisian authorities, and …

14 Feb 2011 description
report Government of Italy

14 February 2011

The problem of the massive migration wave breaking on the shores of Lampedusa in recent days was the focus of a statement by Minister Frattini who, after leaving Damascus where he held a press conference with Syrian Foreign Minister Moallem, will go on to Tunis. "Thus far the mechanism of patrolling the North African coasts" Frattini said, "has worked, and we want to reinstate that mechanism which until a month ago led to zero illegal immigration".