Lampedusa in the Mediterranean has seen a recent surge in migrant arrivals, with the Italian island now seeing an average of one migrant boat arrive every hour.
The mayor has threatened to declare an emergency as the local migrant reception centre has been flooded with ten times its average capacity.
Mayor Totò Martello said, according to Die Welt: “The situation has become uncontrollable. If the government doesn’t, I’ll declare a state of emergency.”
Most of the migrants on the island, which is the part of Italy closest to the North African coast, arrive from Tunisia. Another 200 arrived on the island over the weekend.
Lampedusa has been a hotspot for illegal migration due to its proximity to North Africa, but had seen a brief slowdown during the anti-coronavirus lockdown earlier this year.