World Bulletin / News Desk
Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and Sunday and rescue operations continued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas, Italy's coast guard and navy said.
All of those rescued were being brought to Italian shores, with some already arriving at Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost island, and Trapani, Sicily. More were to be brought ashore overnight and on Monday.
Separately, authorities in Egypt said that three died when a migrant boat attempting to reach Greece sank off its coast. Thirty-one were rescued.
Italy coordinated the weekend's rescue efforts, with some 10 Italian vessels, four private boats and a French ship acting on behalf of the European border control agency.
While the EU has stepped up its sea mission, Italy remains the country that hosts most of the arrivals in immigration centres.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said in a newspaper interview on Sunday that the EU should set up a quota system whereby member countries agree to take in more refugees in order to relieve some of the pressure on Italy, Greece and Malta.
But Austria's proposal likely will face tough opposition from some members states, including Britain and Hungary.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday member countries should be allowed to set their own rules on migrants, and that Hungary did not want any of them.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mayıs 2015, 23:10