Rome: Italy is receiving assistance from France and Germany in coping with the migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa, some two months after a European Union (EU) agreement on distributing migrants arriving by boat, the Interior Ministry in Rome said. To date, 13 member states have stated their willingness to absorb more than 8,000 people, a spokeswoman for the European Commission said this week. The Italian authorities have registered more than 42,000 migrants arriving by boat so far this year, well above the comparable figure for last year of around 30,000. If a centre-right political alliance win the September 25 elections, as pre-election polling predicts, they have pledged stronger action against migrants. Giorgia Meloni, leader of the extreme right-wing Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, which is leading in the polls, says she plans to intern migrants in camps in North Africa.
Source: The North Africa Journal August 06, 2022 04:46 UTC