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Tunisians flood into Italian island

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The Italian government has declared a humanitarian emergency and asked the European Commission for millions of dollars to help it deal with thousands of Tunisians who have turned up in the island of Lampedusa in attempts to flee the chaos in their own country.

Our correspondent Matt Cole in Lampedusa and Jim Muir reporting from Tunisia, discuss the issue.


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