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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flood of refugees bearing down on Europe

Roughly 6,000 refugees from North Africa, primarily Tunisia, are currently on the small Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Europe is paying the price for having based its strategy for illegal immigrants above all on agreements with the Libyan dictator Gaddafi, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: "If Gaddafi falls, no one knows when a new state order will be established in Libya or whether it will be able to negotiate border controls. If the addled dictator clings on to power, he will probably keep his word and open his harbours to migrants fleeing towards Europe. The scale of what can be expected is demonstrated by the 15,000 refugees who have arrived from comparatively small Tunisia - with a population of just ten million - in the past three months alone. The first boats from Egypt have already landed in Italy. The extent of what can be expected is revealed by the statements of Interior Minister Roberto Maroni. He has obliged the regions to be ready to take in up to 50,000 migrants. ... All of Europe must prepare for a new wave of immigration."

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