EU and Italian leaders tour the small island of Lampedusa as tensions rise over increasing numbers of migrant arrivals.

MILAN (AP) — European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni toured a migrant heart on Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa on Sunday that was overwhelmed by practically 7,000 arrivals in 24 hours this week.

Tensions on the island rose within the days that adopted, with residents expressing impatience with the regular stream of migrants attempting to succeed in Europe from North Africa arriving on their shores, with occasional spikes, for many years.

Tv footage confirmed Meloni chatting with island residents to precise their frustration. She instructed them the federal government was working to supply a powerful response, together with 50 million euros ($53.4 million) to assist the island. An nameless particular person within the crowd stated that what they wanted was not simply cash.

New arrivals additionally expressed anger on the lengthy wait to be transferred to the mainland; Tv footage on Saturday confirmed a whole lot heading in direction of the gate as police used shields to maintain them away. In different footage, single migrants climbed the fence of the migrant heart. About 2,000 folks stayed this weekend after one other 500 arrived on Saturday.

Within the face of the disaster, Meloni pledged more durable measures and referred to as for a naval blockade of North Africa to forestall migrants on smugglers’ boats from leaving. On Saturday, its Inside Minister held a video name together with his counterparts from the European Union, together with France, Germany and Spain, in an effort to succeed in a typical line.

The disaster represents a problem to unity throughout the European Union and likewise to the Meloni authorities, which is led by the far proper.

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, head of the populist right-wing League get together, challenged the effectiveness of the EU-Tunisia deal that was supposed to halt departures in trade for financial assist. He’ll host French right-wing chief Marine Le Pen on the League’s annual rally in northern Italy later Sunday.

A lot of the migrants who arrived this week left from Tunisia.

The variety of migrants making the perilous sea journey to Italy has doubled in comparison with final 12 months and is on observe to hit document numbers in 2016.

– Comply with AP’s international migration protection on

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