A state of emergency has been declared on the Italian island of Lampedusa after 7,000 migrants arrived in only 48 hours.
The island measures 20 square kilometers and is located between Sicily and Tunisia. For more than a decade, it has served as a key landing site for those who are trying to cross into Europe. Lampedusa is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea that is located between the bigger Italian island of Sicily and the countries of Tunisia and Malta. It is the first stop for many migrants who are traveling to the European Union.