Italy Deports Migrants, Drawing Protests In an abrupt change of policy toward illegal immigrants, Italy has begun deporting hundreds of migrants back to Libya, immediately after their arrival on Italian shores. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.
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Italy Deports Migrants, Drawing Protests

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In an abrupt change of policy toward illegal immigrants, Italy has begun deporting hundreds of migrants back to Libya, immediately after their arrival on Italian shores.

Lampedusa, the southernmost inhabited vestige of Italy, is closer to Africa than to Sicily. Geoffrey Gaudreault hide caption

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The deportations by large transport planes drew a chorus of criticism from humanitarian aid agencies, which accused Italy of ignoring the plight of people who might be fleeing war and persecution. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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