Italian island of Sardinia alarmed by increase in number of migrants arriving on its shores

The Italian holiday island of Sardinia has raised the alarm over the increasing number of migrants arriving on its shores from Algeria, in what could be a new route opening up across the Mediterranean.

The increase in landings may be linked to the situation in Libya, where a crackdown by the Libyan coast guard and alleged payments by the Tripoli government to smuggling gangs have led to a dramatic drop in the number of migrants crossing from Libyan coast to Italy.

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