Once on Lampedusa, they were crowded into already-full detention centers and processed.
In the last 24 hours, two boats bypassed Lampedusa and limped into the port of Catania on the Sicilian island.
The Red Cross calls the situation in Lampedusa “deplorable.”
The migrants had come to Italy in October and November by way of Lampedusa on perilous fishing boats.
Despite the risk, more than 4,000 refugees, irregular migrants and asylum seekers came through Lampedusa in 2013 alone.
Triton will begin patrolling the seas with six ships based in Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle in Sicily on November 1.
Tareke Brhane is an interpreter working with Save the Children in Lampedusa, Italy.
Last week, a similar boat arrived on Lampedusa with 398 Syrian nationals on board.
Four more boats arrived in Lampedusa, each with nearly 100 people onboard.
Lampedusa, on the other hand, consists of limestone, which lies about in great blocks on its surface.