Island migrants sent back from Italy


Three planeloads of illegal immigrants were sent back to Libya from the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

More than 600 migrants reached Lampedusa during Saturday night alone.

Lampedusa is the nearest geographical arrival point in the central Mediterranean for those seeking to enter the European Union by sea from North Africa.

The decision to send many back to their point of departure marks an abrupt change of policy for the government.