Lampedusa, island of hope Politics ... Print comment Lampedusa Island from the airAFP Photo A fishing boat with illegal immigrants from North Africa arrives at LampedusaAntonio Parrinello (Reuters) A shoe abandoned by one of the thousands of illegal migrants and refugees who cross the Mediterranean every year(Photo: laif) Boats used to illegally transport migrants lie discarded at a garbage dumpTony Gentile (Reuters) Personal belongings and family photos brought by migrantsMichele Naccari/EPA Tunisian immigrants wait to board a bus for a temporary facility after arriving on the Italian islandRoberto Salomone (AFP Photo) Objects left behind on the boats that arrive in Lampedusa(photo: laif) A group of immigrants is guarded by policemen upon arrival in LampedusaMauro Seminara (AFP Photo) A view of the bay of Cala Croce in LampedusaAlberto Pizzoli (AFP Photo) Objects left behind on the boats that arrive in Lampedusa(photo: laif) Migrants from Tunisia wait their turn to enter the refugee campCiro Fusco (EPA) Immigrants warm themselves after disembarking from their boat Mauro Seminara (AFP Photo) Objects are left behind on the boats that arrive in Lampedusa(photo: laif) Abandoned shoes in a rubber dinghy anchored at the boat-cemetery in the harbour of LampedusaAlberto Pizzoli (AFP Photo) Migrants from Tunisia arrive at the refugee campCiro Fusco (EPA) A refugee girl rescued off the coast of Lampedusa(photo: laif) This content was published on February 15, 2011 5:25 PMFeb 15, 2011 - 17:25 Thousands of would-be migrants to Europe brave the Mediterranean every year.The southern Italian island of Lampedusa has been overwhelmed with Tunisians and other Africans trying to reach Europe in the aftermath of the Tunisian revolution. Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!