Other countries (who best remain nameless on my blog) are denying illegal immigrants medical care, or are refusing to allow them to settle and seek work.
Italy, with the tiny island of Lampedusa so close to troubled African countries, has no choice but to accept immigrants as they step foot on Lampedusa. Italy carries the problem of refugees for all of Europe. And when the boat people don't make it safely here, Italy mourns.
You can read more in this excellent blog post by author Catherine McNamara.
Today I am grateful for my host "home country".