People go to Malta - level 3

People go to Malta - level 3

06-08-2013 14:00

More than a hundred migrants have been rescued off the coast of Malta, bringing the monthly total to a record high.

So far 1,500 migrants have made their way to Maltese shores in July, including the latest group of 88 men, 20 women and four children. Many of them were suffering from dehydration and looked dazed but that didn't stop them from smiling as they pulled into Valletta harbour.

The migrants, who are of African origin, were rescued from a boat that was drifting out a sea and brought into the harbour on coastguard vessels.

Malta's location in the Mediterranean between north Africa and southern Italy means it's a port of call for migrants heading to mainland Europe. However, most of them seeking work in the EU don't remain in Malta.

Difficult words: dehydration (when your body doesn't have enough water), dazed (confused), vessels (ship).

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