Refugee crisis

This item appears on page 18 of the May 2011 issue.
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Due to the continuing political upheaval in many countries of North Africa and the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing. Tens of thousands of people from Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and other countries are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, where they hope to find safety and work.

On just the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, more than 19,000 migrants passed through in the first three months of 2011. The refugees were living in tent camps with no showers or toilets as they wait to be taken to refugee camps on the mainland.

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Due to the continuing political upheaval in many countries of North Africa and the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing. Tens of thousands of people from Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and other countries are crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, where they hope to find safety and work.

On just the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, more than 19,000 migrants passed through in the first three months of 2011. The refugees were living in tent camps with no showers or toilets as they wait to be taken to refugee camps on the mainland.