Some migrants are taken in dinghies to be boarded on the Galaxy ferry which will head towards Porto Empedocle in  island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, 15 September 2023.
A record number of migrants and refugees have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa in recent days. Lampedusa's city council declared a state of emergency on 13 September evening after a 48-hour continuous influx of migrants. In the morning of September 14, nearly 7,000 migrants were on the island.