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Italy Deports Migrants, Drawing Protests

In an abrupt change of policy toward illegal immigrants, Italy has begun deporting hundreds of migrants back to Libya, immediately after their arrival on Italian shores.

The deportations by large transport planes drew a chorus of criticism from humanitarian aid agencies, which accused Italy of ignoring the plight of people who might be fleeing war and persecution. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.