Ministers call for an ‘EU border’ in Africa to stem the flow of migrants into Europe as it emerges 42,500 have landed in Italy in just one month

Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday – as politicians called for a EU mission in the Sahara to stem migrant crossings.

The bodies of seven men were also discovered by the Italian coast guard during the latest rescue mission.

The migrants were rescued from four separate rubber boats by the Italian coast guard and navy, an aid group and two private vessels, the coast guard said in a statement.