Italians on tiny island tell migrants 'go home'

April 20, 2015 2:59 PM

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LAMPEDUSA, Italy — This tiny, picturesque speck in the Mediterranean Sea has become the front-line of the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe.

It is where thousands of migrants fleeing chaos in Africa and the Middle East are making the harrowing journey by boat to European soil — or drowning en route — because this is their closest destination. The once-sleepy island is closer to Tunisia than to to Sicily.

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