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Offbeat Italy's populist government won't permit boats carrying migrants to dock, despite EU pressure

00:42  17 june  2018
00:42  17 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship

  Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in its ports. Representatives from Italy, Malta, Greece and Cyprus met to discuss ways to better locate and identify missing migrants -- at the same time the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying migrants including children and pregnant women, was left stranded at sea for two days --- until Spain mid-Monday said it would allow it to dock at the port of Valencia.

Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants from docking in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. Italy , he said, “no longer wants to be complicit in the business of illegal immigration,” and such boats will have to find other non- Italian ports at which to dock .

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a boat that is floating in the water: Italy turned away the French NGO © Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Italy turned away the French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" Aquarius ship last week.

Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants looking to dock in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. The position escalates the new populist government’s fight with other European countries on migration and asylum, thorny issues that have spurred intense debate in the U.S. as well.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is also the leader of the nationalist League Party, said in a Facebook statement Saturday that in addition to an NGO ship that was refused entry last week, two other ships have arrived off the coast of Libya -- he said those boats won't be taken, either.

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Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants looking to dock in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. The position escalates the new populist government ’ s fight with other European countries on migration and asylum, thorny issues that have spurred intense debate in the

Italy will continue to block rescue boats carrying migrants looking to dock in its ports, its interior minister announced Saturday. The position escalates the new populist government ’ s fight with other European countries on migration and asylum, thorny issues that have spurred intense debate in the

Italy, he said, “no longer wants to be complicit in the business of illegal immigration,” and such boats will have to find other non-Italian ports at which to dock.

Salvini’s League, which campaigned predominantly on tensions over mass migration, formed a coalition government with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in May and has so far shown no signs of backing down on its election rhetoric since forming the government in May.

Italy was condemned by some European countries, particularly France, for turning away a boat last week that was carrying 629 migrants.

The boat is expected to arrive in Spain late Saturday after Spain’s socialist government offered the boat harbor.

While humanitarian groups have claimed that the rescue boats are aiding migrants stranded off the Libyan coast, Salvini and others have accused such organizations of operating a taxi service for potential illegals and has called on other countries to share the burden of taking asylum seekers.

Italy vows migrant ship cannot dock as Paris-Rome clash escalates

  Italy vows migrant ship cannot dock as Paris-Rome clash escalates By Philip Pullella

The populist Italian government refused to allow a rescue boat carrying hundreds of migrants from across Africa to dock in the country. But their gestures were merely symbolic as the new populist government has jurisdiction over all of Italy ’ s ports.

Italy ' S populist government won ' t permit boats carrying migrants to dock , despite eu pressure . But by Wednesday Salvini appeared to accede to a form of the plan. After a meeting of senior government officials, around 10 migrants were allowed to come to Italy but would

But after French President Emmanuel Macron accused Italy of “cynical” and “irresponsible” behavior, the government responded by summoning the French ambassador, demanding an apology and challenging Macron to take in more asylum seekers.

On Friday, Macron met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Paris and both leaders took a more conciliatory approach.

"The proper response is European, but the existing European response has not adapted," Macron said, while Conte called Macron "my friend Emmanuel."

Under European Union law, migrants must apply for asylum in the first country they enter. But this places a burden on countries such as Greece and Italy. The Eurosceptic Italian government is likely to push for a reform of those laws ahead of a summit in Brussels later this month.

Italy’s tough stance on migration comes as populist and anti-migration parties surge across the continent, while those associated with more open immigration policies are being punished politically. 

Reality Check: Who is responsible for migrants at sea?

  Reality Check: Who is responsible for migrants at sea? Italy's refusal to allow a migrant vessel to dock raises issues about who is responsible for helping those stranded at sea.Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Italy had broken international rules, and the plight of the Aquarius led to a diplomatic row between Italy and France.

The European commission, anxious to avoid feeding the new Italian government ’ s anti- EU narrative, had earlier called on Italy and Malta to consider The Maltese government rejected a request to take in the boat , saying international law required that the refugees and migrants be taken to Italian ports.

Italy ’ s populist government is considering cutting funding to the United Nations after the new U.N. human rights chief blasted the government for its crackdown Italy ' S populist government won ' t permit boats carrying migrants to dock , despite eu pressure .

ANGELA MERKEL'S GERMAN GOVERNMENT FACING COLLAPSE OVER HER IMMIGRATION STANCE 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fighting to keep her coalition government together after she has rejected a proposal by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to turn away migrants who have already registered in other European countries. He also wants to block migrants whose asylum applications have already been rejected.

But Merkel has rejected the move, fearing that it could fracture the E.U. even further. Seehofer has threatened to forge ahead with the policy, a move that could well bring down Merkel’s government and lead to new elections.

Fox News’ Chris Irvine and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

   

Migrant boat stranded in angry stand-off .
Malta says it will not be dictated to after Italy called on it to accept migrant rescue ship Lifeline.Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that Malta should take in the 226 migrants and arrest the crew.

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