European Academic Research Journal, vol.3, no.5, pp.5435-5446, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Recently, increasing number of African migrants have lost their lives during their treacherous journey en route to Lampedusa, Italy, a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea. This tiny, picturesque speck in the Mediterranean Sea has become the frontline of the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe (USA Today, 2015). Reportedly, more than 2500 people, who were travelling to Lampedusa from Libyan waters, have died so far. For International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossing could hit 30.000 this year. This essay examines the unfolding immigration crisis from North Africa to Lampedusa Island, the underlying dynamics affecting incoming immigrant population, and its impact on Europe.