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Thousands of Tunisians flee to Italy

LAMPEDUSA, ITALY (CNN) - Thousands of Tunisians fled to the small Italian island of Lampedusa in the past few days, in spite of having gotten the regime change they had wanted.

The immigrants said there's too much economic uncertainty at home to stick around and see how things might change.

Facilities where they are held after being intercepted are overwhelmed, a situation that raises fears about a possible humanitarian emergency.

Italy has proposed sending troops to Tunisia to help stop the flow saying. Tunisia's state news agency rejected foreign 'interference' but said the interim government will discuss the issue with Italian officials soon.

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