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No Christmas break in migrant flow to Italy

In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on December 24, 2015 migrants and refugees sit in a boat during a rescue operation, off the coast of SicilyAround 4,000 migrants and refugees were saved from waters between Italy and North Africa over the course of the Christmas weekend, with further rescue operations expected in the final days of an “exceptional” year, officials said Monday. The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of more than 3,000 people over the holiday period while Norwegian ship Siem Pilot deposited 931 rescued people, including 26 minors, at Palermo, Sicily on Monday morning. Italy has taken in some 320,000 Mediterranean boat people since the start of 2014.

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