LAMPEDUSA, ITALY - JUNE 10: A crewmember from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) Phoenix vessel holds a child as they wait to transfer refugees and migrants to a waiting Italian coastguard ship after being rescued at sea earlier in the day on June 10, 2017 off Lampedusa, Italy. An estimated 230,000 refugees and migrants will arrive in Italy this year as numbers of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous central mediterranean crossing from Libya to Italy continues to rise since the same time last year. So far this year more than 58,000 people have arrived in Italy and 1,569 people have died attempting the crossing. Libya continues to be the primary departure point for refugees and migrants taking the central mediterranean route to Sicily. In an attempt to slow the flow of migrants, Italy recently signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger outlining a plan to increase border controls and add new reception centers in the African nations, which are key transit points for migrants heading to Italy. MOAS is a Malta based NGO dedicated to providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea. Since the start of the year MOAS have rescued and assisted more than 4000 people and are currently patrolling and running rescue operations in international waters off the coast of Libya.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A member of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station helps refugees waiting to be let off the island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily. Getty Images

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