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article imageItaly: Illegal immigrant jumps into river, saves drowning woman

By Brian Booker     May 17, 2015 in World
Rome - An illegal immigrant in Italy jumped into the Tiber river and successfully saved a drowning woman. The immigrant has been rewarded with a one-year permit to live in Rome.
Illegal immigration is becoming a major issue and burden for Europe. While the backlash against immigrants is growing, however, Sobuj Khalifa proved many immigrants are looking to contribute, rather than be a burden. Khalifa jumped into the Tiber river and saved a drowning woman.
The story was first reported (in Italian) in the Corriere.
Khalifa saw 55-year-old Israeli woman who lives near Rome floating down the river, and at first thought she was a large fish.
Authorities believe the woman may have been trying to commit suicide.
After realizing it was a person and that she seemed unresponsive, Khalifa jumped into the river, still fully clothed, and dragged the woman to shore. The woman was quickly taken away, and Khalifa never saw her again, but he learned the woman survived.
Khalifa, a Bangladeshi, had immigrated to Italy in 2008. In Bangladesh, he was a fisherman and thus well-versed in swimming. Khalifa, lacking a proper home, sleeps near the river.
As a reward for his heroism, Rome authorities granted Khalifa an official one year permit to live in the city.
Illegal immigration is becoming a serious issue in Europe, and especially for Italy.
A flood of people has been pouring in from the Middle East and North Africa, as countless people flee the violence that has besieged the region.
Due to Italy's central location in the Mediterranean and close proximity to the shores of North Africa, the country has become the prime drop off choice for many smugglers.
From January to April at least 26,200 refugees arrived in Italy. Eritrea was the largest source, originating 5,400 refugees, while 3,700 came from Somalia.
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