Italy struggles with new wave of African migrants
More than 25,000 migrants landed in Sicily between January and the end of April this year, according to EU data.
Local politicians say they are struggling to cope with such an influx and the strain it puts on the public purse. The Italian government wants northern European countries to do more.
Many immigrants who leave their countries mostly due to the ongoing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East make a dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean sea in ramshackle boats. Most of them plan to head north from Italy if they could.