«ROME — The UN's refugee agency called on Italy Thursday to speed up preparations on the tiny island of Lampedusa for a possible new wave of refugees fleeing the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
"With ongoing crisis situations in various regions we know there are vast movements of people across borders," said Laura Boldrini, UNHCR spokeswoman.
Some are heading to countries such as Libya and Tunisia which have served as departure points for boats of refugees headed for Lampedusa in the past.
"Lampedusa port has been declared unsafe and the welcome centre is unusable. The government needs to reactivate the facility and declare the zone safe. We're not currently in a position to respond to an emergency," she said.»