More than half the survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck have fled Italy for northern Europe–a day after being transferred to the mainland.

The 89 migrants, including one woman, all from Eritrea, had been provided with accommodation in Rome, where they could stay for six months after their horrific ordeal.

But just 24 hours after they arrived in the Italian capital, they all vanished without a trace, according to the city’s social services department.

Under EU rules migrants are not allowed to move away from the country of arrival.

But in practice many sneak across the border into Germany or France and onwards to the UK or Scandinavia where benefits are generous.

Some 20 per cent of those arriving by boat in Italy settle in Britain, investigators say.

More than 330 North Africans, including many women and children, perished after their boat caught fire half a mile off the coast of Lampedusa.

The island, closer to Tunisia than mainland Europe, is the first port of call for many would-be-migrants seeking a new home in Europe.

Tens of thousands have made the crossing since the beginning of the Arab Spring as swathes of North Africa descended into chaos.

After the tragic shipwreck the migrants were accommodated on the island or in Sicily.

But once they had recovered from their ordeal, the group of young Eritreans were offered a home at the Teresa Gerini Institute, a welcome centre in Rome, for those awaiting confirmation of their refugee status.

After arriving last Tuesday, on a special flight, they were greeted personally by the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino, and received a welcome phone call from Pope Francis.

Each was promised Euro 35 a day for basic living expenses.

When they arrived in the city, they were each given a welcome letter, an international phone card, a map, and a wash-kit consisting of shampoo, soap and a towel.

But a day later the centre was deserted—with the new arrivals thought to have headed to join family in the UK or Germany.

The Rome mayor’s office told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: ‘Between Sunday and Monday, all the refugees, in several tranches, abandoned the centre where we had hosted them.

‘We do not know why, because we had offered them the best welcome possible.

‘Many of them wanted to reach Northern Europe, where some already have relatives.

‘They generally move in groups, so that would explain the mass departure.’

The ship had arrived within sight of Lampedusa after two days of sailing from Libya when in sank in October.

The capsizing tossed hundreds of people into the sea, many of whom could not swim.

It sank after a fire was set on board to attract the attention of passing boats or people onshore when it ran into trouble.

Tens of thousands of migrants from African and the Middle East try to cross the Mediterranean Sea each year, seeking a better life in Europe. Hundreds die in the process.

It had travelled for two full days from the Libyan port of Misrata and those aboard thought they had reached safety when they saw the lights of Lampedusa.

It is thought to have capsized when everyone moved to one side. Some of the survivors were in the water for three hours clinging to anything buoyant—even empty bottles.

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  • Luca

    They will be on the streets of Europe selling drugs, counterfeit goods and their women or committing the crimes White Europeans won’t. Once they are settled in they’ll start burning cars. protesting and pillaging shops due to racism, Islamaphobia, lack of services and discrimination.

    It is like a rather worn out rerun movie we’ve all seen a thousand times, isn’t it?

    • DonReynolds

      You left out the part about murder and FGM and other crimes that do not even have a name yet.

  • Spartacus

    ‘We do not know why, because we had offered them the best welcome possible.”


    You forgot to give them some 11 year old blonde girls to rape .

    • Sick of it

      That’s why they head to Scandinavia, ja?

  • bigone4u

    Ultimately, the host must be disinfected or the parasites will kill the host. When my dogs suffered from fleas I knew what had to be done–eradicate the fleas or watch my dogs suffer. Germany, et. al. are the dogs and the Africans are the fleas. Hey, where’s the flea powder?

  • Who’d want to live in the country in Europe with the most generous welfare scheme for ‘refugees’, that’s one competition that when you win, you actually lose.

    We sometimes read about electronic virtual (aka invisible) border fences here on Amren, so does that make immigrant/asylum welfare the ‘virtual’ honey pot, put out to deliberately attract the flies?

  • Truthseeker

    More European idiots who think that if they’re just nice to the third world’s dregs, they’ll suddenly become indistinguishable in their practices and culture from the actual Europeans. History repeatedly shows us that isn’t the case, so it’s time to stop wishing for this fairy tale to come true and face the facts. These people don’t belong in Europe, and their welfare is not your responsibility. If you don’t expel them, you will be the ones who die.

  • gemjunior

    They aren’t refugees, just lazy good-for-nothings who want to sit around and be supported by the white working class. Then whenever they get caught doing something illegal almost 100% of the time, they can justify it by calling the white people who support them “racists” and “haters”. So I propose that everyone storm their government buildings and let the power of numbers really be seen. The police are not likely to shoot their own citizens nor are the national guard or army. It’s time this was stopped and these layabouts sent home to scratch a living off the dung hills they’ve been doing it on for millennia. They can get used to eating bugs again.

    • My guess is that the police will be quite happy to shoot their own citizens -as long as they’re white. Just not let an illegal be harmed or the whole politcal left and the MSM will be up in arms.

  • Bantu_Education

    88 men and just one woman? Genuine “refugees”, such as the Germans who escaped from East Prussia in 1945 or the Hindus who fled from Muslim Pakistan in 1947, were of both sexes and all ages. These are not “refugees” or “migrants” these are germs and deadly parasites. Why has the media never commented on the very un-natural demographic profile of African “migrants”?

  • DonReynolds

    “Under EU rules migrants are not allowed to move away from the country of arrival.”
    Apparently the EU is no more capable (or interested) in enforcing their own rules than the Obama Administration is in enforcing US immigration laws.

  • bilderbuster

    Can you imagine almost 100 Africans who travel in packs disappearing & blending in with the crowd anywhere in Europe just a few decades ago?
    ll Duce would never have taken them in let alone escape & they certainly wouldn’t be heading towards Germany expecting anything remotely like welfare.

    • As much as I disliked Il Duce, he went “the other way”. Invaded East Africa and carved out countries for white Italian citizens to colonize. After siding with the wrong side in WW-2, all those colonies were taken away from Italy and went back to the blacks in Africa, where like old metal tractors left out in the elements to rust, they’re turing back into slums.

  • Jkjljmt_Pqprpstt

    This is madness… Go and restore honor and justice. You are in the right, men of the West.


  • The safe money says they’re already in London.

  • Emperor Naked

    What they need to be doing the moment they arrive on European shores (or even before) is to tag them with embedded ID and tracing devices so that they can be tracked down and captured.

  • nignogger

    NEWS FLASH! They are spotted at a Popeye chicken resteraunt (sic) in Paris.