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The instability in Libya and politics in Egypt now hostile to the Syrian refugees bring them to alternate routes. To avoid being blocked in Greece or Bulgaria, they go more directly from Turkey and the Middle East to Italy by boat.

On the blog Dormira Jamais, an article by Stefano Liberti (in French) on the Turkish port of Mersin, on the south coast, close to Syria https://goo.gl/maps/1cSWO :