Italy is going to close the ports because of the influx of migrants, media reported
ROME, 29 June — RIA Novosti, Alexander Logunov. Italy has declared about the possibility to close their ports for the admission of migrants amid reports about the arrival on the territory of the Apennines, about 12 thousand workers in the last few days, writes the newspaper la Repubblica.
The publication notes that earlier on Wednesday the representative of Italy in the European Union, Maurizio Massari told the European Commissioner for home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos that Italy given the current critical situation, can not guarantee the landing in its ports “non-Italian ships.” Thus, we are talking about what Italy may close its ports to ships of non-governmental organizations that are engaged in the rescue of illegal migrants in the Mediterranean sea.
As for the surge of migrants, which allegedly said the Italian diplomat, the newspaper quoted the country’s President, Sergio Mattarella, who is on visit in Canada. At the meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, he said that in Italy “in recent days, has arrived 12 thousand people”.
“The situation is difficult, and if it will develop at the same pace, the process will become unmanageable,” — said the head of state.
On the background of the unfolding immigration crisis la Stampa newspaper reported that the Minister of internal Affairs of Italy Marco Minniti, EN route visiting the United States, was ordered to deploy his plane and returned home, where he immediately went to meet with the Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Europe is experiencing the most serious since the Second world war, the migration crisis, caused primarily next to armed conflicts and economic problems in the Middle East and North Africa. According to the EU Agency Frontex, Italy on the Central Mediterranean route in 2016 net profit of more than 180 thousand people, mostly immigrants from Africa, most of them Nigerians, and the citizens of Eritrea, Guinea, côte d’ivoire and the Gambia. The number of dead and missing migrants in 2016 amounted to more than 5 thousand people.
As stated by RIA Novosti on Tuesday in the Italian coast guard, for the previous day in the Mediterranean sea were rescued, more than 8.5 thousand workers.
Since the beginning of this year in the Mediterranean sea in Europe was attended by more than 77 thousands of migrants and refugees according to the International organization for migration. Most migrants (85%) went to Italy, 1828 people trying to cross the Mediterranean sea died.