Mediterranean Relief Map (Wikimedia Commons)

The circumstances in many third world countries is desperate indeed, considering the economies of the nations they are fleeing to. Nevertheless, little attention is paid to the mass migration across the Mediterranean that is occurring into Italy and Spain now.

Italy’s navy has rescued 1,123 people from inflatable boats in the space of 24 hours, as clandestine migration from North Africa reaches record levels.

The latest migrants were found in eight boats and a barge about 120 miles (222km) south-east of Lampedusa.

They included 47 women, four of them pregnant, and 50 children, all probably from sub-Saharan Africa, the navy said.

Meanwhile, at least seven migrants have drowned trying to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in North Africa.

That is but a single day, and unlike the situation between the U.S. and Mexico, this is no mere land border, migration involves launching oneself and their family into a trek through the sea in a crossing that can be many miles.

One shudders to think about the economic desperation that leads to a rationalization of such a risk. But it is no doubt present.