Italy considers shutting ports to foreign boats with migrants

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 29.6.2017 19:38

The Italian government is considering closing down ports, mainly in Sicily and Calabria, to stop vessels of other countries or run by non-profit and humanitarian organisations carrying migrants. It has been reported on Wednesday, 28 June.

Italy, which would only allow its own ships to bring migrants to its ports, is thus trying to force European states to stop looking the other way and take in asylum seekers from Italy and Greece. According to Italy's EU representative, Maurizio Massari, the current situation is unsustainable and detention centres have exceeded their capacity. However, a number of European states are still rejecting redistribution of migrants, which, in the case of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, resulted in a legal process by the European Commission, which may end in front of the Union Court. The influx of immigrants from North Africa to Italy is still growing, more than 73,000 migrants have arrived to Italian shores this year, which is about 14 % more than last year in the same period. Nowadays, good weather also contributes to this, despite the fact that more than 2,000 migrants died this year in an effort to overcome the Mediterranean Sea. This figure could rise as a result of Italy's threat.

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