Italy allows stranded Libyan migrants to dock in Sicily
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Italy will allow its coast guard ship carrying 177 migrants rescued from the seas five days ago to dock in Sicily, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Monday.
The Diciotti, working under the EU's Frontex Mediterranean rescue operation, had been stuck off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa amid a standoff between Italy and Malta
over the fate of the migrants. "The Diciotti ship will dock in Catania," Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Twitter without specifying when. "Now Europe must hurry to do its part."
Last week, Italy asked Malta to take in the migrants, arguing that they were rescued in Maltese waters. But Malta refused, saying that the migrant boat wasn't in distress and that the
migrants declined help from Maltese authorities, preferring to continue toward Italy.
The refusal prompted a sharp response from Italy's far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who threatened to send the migrants to Libya and demanded the European Union step in.
Salvini retracted his threat later. However, sources close to Salvini said he would not allow the migrants to get off the boat until there was a "certainty the 177 would go somewhere
The European Commission said it was working on a solution to share out the migrants aboard the Diciotti with other EU members. Since taking office in June, Salvini has toughened
Rome's stance on allowing ships to dock in Italian ports at a time of rising anti-immigration sentiment in Italy.
Two steps forward
However, sources close to Salvini said he would not allow the migrants to get off the boat until there was a "certainty the 177 would go somewhere else."
One step back.
Not really. Italy has assisted them by ensuring that they are not in immediate danger. They aren't obligated to take on the financial burden of nearly 200 refugees just because they showed up at their doorstep. As long as Italy doesn't shove them off and into danger, they'll have done their part.
Brb gonna go and swim to france and hope they let me in straight off the shore
EU regulations specifically state that asylum seeking refugees are to be processed in the country they enter, unless another country volunteers to assume the responsibility. Failing to do so is a violation of either EU law, the Geneva Convention, or both.
Good thing that such laws are under constant pressure since immigrants in a first place not interested in stayin in country they arrived first, mroe interesting in crossing toward germany.
I think everyone can agree how shit that deal is for the Eastern countries of Europe.
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