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IrelandBreakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship

19:40  23 august  2019
19:40  23 august  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

Man and children airlifted to hospital after being swept out to sea in Kerry

Man and children airlifted to hospital after being swept out to sea in Kerry The Irish Coast Guard has praised the lifeguards for their “outstanding response” this afternoon. Earlier, a multi-agency operation was mounted off Fenit Island in Kerry following a report that two people had been thrown overboard from a boat. The incident occurred around midday when it was reported that a boat was out of control and travelling in circles near Barrow West north off Fenit Island. Initial reports suggested that one person had made it ashore but that a second was unaccounted for.

Italy has called on the UK to take in 141 people stranded on a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean. The country’s transport minister, Danilo So far, no country has agreed to set up this kind of centre for assessing asylum claims. While the British government has so far managed to stay

There are 356 migrants on the Ocean Viking ship , which has not been allowed to dock by Italian and The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity group said Thursday that its rescue ship is running out "Our medical team is increasingly concerned about a rapid deterioration in the state of people 's

Breakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship © Hannah Wallace Bowman via PA Images A rescue team of the Ocean Viking ship operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders approaches a rubber dinghy with over 80 migrants off the Libyan coast. IRELAND IS AMONG six EU countries who have agreed to take in people stranded on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

This announcement comes after a two-week stand-off again exposed the failure of European leaders to quickly deal with desperate people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa.

The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, run by charities MSF and SOS Mediterranee, had been seeking a port after rescuing four boats of migrants off the Libyan coast between 9 and 12 August.

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Spanish migrant rescue ship Open Arms is seen close to the Italian shore in Lampedusa, Italy on Monday. But Spain has changed its approach, saying international marine laws and EU regulations require that rescued people need to be taken to the closest and safest port.

The migrants were rescued by a cargo ship , flying a Sierra Leone flag after it had been asked by Libyan authorities to intervene. The NGO spokesman said the organisation was concerned that the migrants would be taken to Libya as this would constitute a violation of their human rights.

356 migrants were aboard the ship.

Breakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship © Catalyst Images Rescued migrants rest aboard the Ocean Viking, run by French charities Medecins Sans Frontieres and SOS Mediterranee, as it waits in international waters between Malta and the southern Italian island of Linosa for access to a port in this handout picture taken between August 9 and 12, 2019. Ocean Viking/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT

After talks with the European Commission, Malta agreed its navy would transfer the people to the island but said they would not be allowed to stay.

They will be relocated to other member states, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted.

He listed destination countries as Ireland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Romania.

Man and two children airlifted to hospital after difficulty swimming by Kerry coast

Man and two children airlifted to hospital after difficulty swimming by Kerry coast Man and two children airlifted to hospital after difficulty swimming by Kerry coast

Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action Check out original content and videos published every day to help you learn about the issues that Having fled their home countries, risked drowning, and made it on board a search and rescue ship

Spanish rescuers have saved more than 340 migrants in the Mediterranean, including one person from north Africa who was attempting the crossing on board a truck tyre. Salvamento Maritimo, Spain's coastguards, said their ships had rescued 240 people spread out in 12 boats

In a statement, the Department of Justice said that Ireland will take up up to 100 asylum seekers during the remainder of 2019.

“As a gesture of solidarity with member states involved in the disembarkation of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, Ireland has in recent months offered to relocate a number of asylum seekers from Italy and Malta,” the Department said.

Breakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship © Catalyst Images MARSEILLE, FRANCE - AUGUST 01: The new rescue vessel 'Ocean Viking' of the French NGO 'SOS Mediterranee' and 'Doctors Without Borders' is moored in the port of Marseille, on August 01, 2019 in Marseille, France. This vessel will replace 'Aquarius', it will perform its first sea rescue campaign of migrants in a few days (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)

On arrival in Ireland, their asylum applications are processed by the International Protection Office, according to the Department. They will also be included in the numbers admitted under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

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German NGO says its rescue vessel is sailing to help a group of anti-immigration activists after their ship got into trouble off the coast of Libya.

Migrants trapped on a ship in a Sicilian port for six days have been allowed to disembark, bringing a stand-off between the Italian government and other European states to an end. Italy had refused to allow most of the migrants off until a solution was reached regarding their relocation .

“Up to now, requests for assistance have been responded to on a case-by-case basis. To provide greater certainty to the process, the Minister has decided to accept the relocation of up to 100 asylum seekers during the remainder of the year,” the Department said.

“This figure takes account of the extremely tight accommodation situation that currently exists while at the same time showing solidarity with our EU colleagues.”

Food running out

Rescue charities have been scathing of the lack of coordination and solidarity among EU member states in dealing with migration standoffs over the past years, with tens of thousands of people making the perilous trip across the Mediterranean.

“We are relieved this long ordeal for the 356 people we have on board is finally over. Was it necessary to impose two weeks of excruciating wait for rescued people to be disembarked?” said Jay Berger, MSF’s project coordinator onboard the Ocean Viking.

Breakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship © Catalyst Images The migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking, run by French charities Medecins Sans Frontieres and SOS Mediterranee, floats in the distance, as it waits in international waters between Malta and the southern Italian island of Linosa for access to a port in this handout picture taken between August 9 and 12, 2019. Ocean Viking/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT

“This 14-day standoff of the Viking Ocean was shocking,” Frederic Penard, director of operations at SOS Mediterranee, said in a statement.

Ireland to take in some of the 356 migrants stranded on Ocean Viking rescue ship

Ireland to take in some of the 356 migrants stranded on Ocean Viking rescue ship This country is one of six states which have agreed to relocate the migrants who were picked up in the Mediterranean . Malta had denied the ship entry, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said none of the migrants will remain in the country after the transfer operation. It is still not clear how many of those on board the Ocean Viking vessel will be coming to Ireland. Yesterday the ship was anchored in international waters between Malta and the southern Italian island of Linosa.

Gibraltar has moved to strip a stranded migrant rescue ship of its registration amid a row over which country is responsible for taking in the 141 desperate migrants , including dozens of children, on board. Maritime authorities in Malta and Italy refused the Aquarius' requests to dock Monday and allow the

Spain and four other European Union states agreed to take in migrants stranded for weeks on the Open Arms rescue ship . Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken a tough line on migrant entry, saying the country has borne too much responsibility for handling African migration to Europe.

We hope that the ad hoc solution implemented today will transform into the predictable and sustainable disembarkation mechanism promised many times by several European Union member states.

The charity said the Ocean Viking would now change crews, refuel and be resupplied before heading back to Libyan waters.

The boat had been denied entry to dock by both Malta and Italy and is just the latest in a string of migrant ship standoffs.

Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has repeatedly insisted that rescued migrants can only land in Italy if other EU countries take them in.

As a political crisis plays out in Rome following the breakup of the coalition government, Salvini tweeted that he had been vindicated.

“As promised, we did not give the 356 migrants on the Ocean Viking permission to disembark in Italy. The safety of Italians comes first!” he wrote.

Breakthrough as Ireland agrees to help with relocation of people stranded on migrant rescue ship © Catalyst Images MARSEILLE, FRANCE - AUGUST 01: The new rescue vessel 'Ocean Viking' of the French NGO 'SOS Mediterranee' and 'Doctors Without Borders' is moored in the port of Marseille, on August 01, 2019 in Marseille, France. This vessel will replace 'Aquarius', it will perform its first sea rescue campaign of migrants in a few days (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)

Fleeing conflict

Ireland to take in refugees from rescue ship in Mediterranean

Ireland to take in refugees from rescue ship in Mediterranean Ireland will take refugees from the rescue ship Ocean Viking in the Mediterranean. 

People on the boat continued calling the Alarm Phone network throughout the day in an increasingly Two cargo ships approached the struggling boat in the course of the day but did not rescue them At 3.10pm the log states the vessel is adrift with no boat or plane in sight: “They scream for help , panic

migrants from a ship that has been at sea for five days with more than 230 rescued people on In a tweet on Tuesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said he had “committed Ireland to Until now both Italy and Malta had refused to allow the ship to dock. Italy’s new government had said

Most of the migrants on the Ocean Viking are adult men.

About two-thirds come from Sudan, with others from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.

Four women and five young children, aged one to six, are also aboard.

Almost a hundred are under the age of 18.

The French government said it would take in 150 of those aboard.

Many were rescued from Libyan waters suffering from severe dehydration and sometimes borderline malnutrition, the boat’s medical team has said.

They have told stories of fleeing conflict-torn Libya to escape ill treatment, arbitrary detention and sometimes torture.

MSF tries to ensure those rescued eat at least one hot dish a day, as well as providing cereal bars, protein biscuits and tea.

With limited water, those aboard are restricted to three-minute showers twice per week.

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