By Kristy Siegfried 

JOHANNESBURG/TRIPOLI, 29 May 2014 (IRIN) - Italian newspapers have recently been full of reports of countless rickety boats conveying thousands of desperate migrants to its shores. 

Since the beginning of the year, over 38,000 irregular migrants have arrived in Italy, most of them coming ashore on the tiny island of Lampedusa south of Sicily. This is a significant jump from the 4,290 who made the crossing during the same period in 2013, but Italian ...

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