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>> Another day, another rescue. This, the latest of several ships full of migrants arriving in Sicily. After more than 6,000 were plucked from the sea on Monday. One of the highest numbers rescuers have handled in a single day. Tired, thirsty, hungry. Most of those found trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe made it to shore this time.
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But others were not so lucky. Rescuers found at least 22 bodies. Reuters Chief Correspondent, Crispian Balmer, in Rome, says that despite the dangers, the stream of people making the journey is unlikely to end.>> There is no end in sight to this mass exodus. What happens is when the weather is good, people put to sea.
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And a lot of those people are crammed beneath decks. So if the boat goes down, then they're trapped, they die.>> Arriving in Sicily, aid workers help the migrants off the boats, including those needing medical attention. The future is still uncertain. And many will not be able to reach the country of their choice.
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>> When they come to Italy now, under European Union rules, they're meant to be processed in Italy. Which means that they are fingerprinted here. And that they have to ask for their asylum here, in Italy. This means that if they go north, if they leave Italy, they can't ask or seek asylum anywhere else.
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The Italians have set up centers, set up community centers to host the newcomers. But I don't think they have quite enough capacity to deal with the vast influx.>> Crossing from North Africa to Italy remains a major route for migrants. More than a 130,000 have reached Italy this year.
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And over 3,000 have died. Political chaos in Libya continues to allow people smugglers to act with impunity.