Ursula von der Leyen and Giorgia Meloni visit Lampedusa after arrival of thousands of migrants

A handout photo made available by CHIGI PALACE PRESS OFFICE shows Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen watch the dozens of small boats moored in front of the quay, on which hundreds of migrants have arrived in recent weeks, in Lampedusa, Italy, 17 September 2023. EFE-EPA/FILIPPO ATTILI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has visited a migrant reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa, after the country’s prime minister Giorgia Meloni called for EU help with small boat arrivals following the influx of more than 8,000 migrants on the island over the past three days.

Ms von der Leyen acknowledged on Sunday that the issue was “a European challenge and needs a European answer”.