•   
  •   
  •   

Offbeat Shunned by Italy, Migrants at Sea Begin Arriving in Spain

15:00  17 june  2018
15:00  17 june  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Spain takes in boat packed with hundreds of refugees after Italy turns it away

  Spain takes in boat packed with hundreds of refugees after Italy turns it away Hundreds of migrants who were turned away from seeking refuge in Italy arrived in Spain on Sunday, where the government recently unveiled a series of measures to "put the people's rights first."Hundreds of migrants who were turned away from seeking refuge in Italy arrived in Spain on Sunday, where the government recently unveiled a series of measures to "put the people's rights first.

MADRID — About 600 migrants disembarked from three ships on Sunday in the port of Valencia, Spain , more than a week after they had been rescued at sea only to be turned away by Italy and Malta.

Italy ’s interior minister and the leader of the anti-immigrant League, Matteo Salvini, had argued that “an army of fake refugees” had long exploited what he called the country’s lax rules. That left the ship, which at the time was overburdened with more than 600 migrants , stranded at sea in dangerous

a group of people standing around a motorcycle: Spanish medical staff carried out preliminary health checks on the migrants at Valencia’s port. © Alberto Saiz/Associated Press Spanish medical staff carried out preliminary health checks on the migrants at Valencia’s port.

MADRID — Hundreds of migrants who had been rescued at sea but were stranded for a week after being turned away by Italy and Malta landed on Sunday in the port of Valencia, Spain.

The Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying 106 migrants, docked shortly before 11 a.m. local time. The Aquarius entered the port four hours after the arrival of 274 other migrants on board the Dattilo, an Italian Navy vessel. Another Italian Navy ship, the Orione, was expected to reach Valencia later on Sunday.

Spain rescues more than 900 boat migrants, finds four bodies

  Spain rescues more than 900 boat migrants, finds four bodies Spain's coast guard rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in the Mediterranean Friday and Saturday, as the country prepared for the arrival of a charity rescue ship that was denied a port by Italy and Malta. The number of people fleeing poverty and conflict by boat to Spain doubled last year and is likely to rise again in 2018, according to the EU border agency, potentially pushing migration up the national political agenda.

New Spain All News News Today Global News Italian Side Latest World News News Latest Bollywood News Medical News. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Statista, Europe’s statistical agency, more and more migrants from Africa have sought entry to Europe over the past

The 630 migrants and refugees rescued off the coast of Libya and turned away from Italy and Malta have begun to arrive at the Spanish port of Valencia after seven days at sea . An Italian coastguard vessel, Dattilo, the first of three ships transporting the group, pulled into Valencia harbour at 6.20am

The Aquarius originally picked up about 630 migrants — including pregnant women and children — from six rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya.

Sign up for the Morning Briefing Newsletter

The landing in Valencia opens a new chapter in a saga that began last Sunday, when Italy’s new populist government followed through on anti-immigration campaign promises by refusing to let the Aquarius dock at an Italian port.

Italy’s interior minister and the leader of the anti-immigrant League, Matteo Salvini, had argued that “an army of fake refugees” had long exploited what he called the country’s lax rules.

That left the ship, which at the time was overburdened with more than 600 migrants, stranded at sea in dangerous conditions.

Italy accepts 900 migrants but 600 more continue onto Spain

  Italy accepts 900 migrants but 600 more continue onto Spain An Italian coast guard vessel has docked in Sicily with more than 900 migrants aboard, evidence that Italy's new anti-migrant government is still taking in some asylum-seekers but is forcing the rest of Europe to accept others. Crew aboard the Diciotti began disembarking passengers in Catania's port early Wednesday. At the same time, the Aquarius vessel of the aid group SOS Mediterranee continued its dayslong westward voyage to Spain, where it was rerouted after Italy and Malta refused it entry.

Spanish police officers began registering the first migrants once they were allowed to disembark. The Orione, another Italian Navy vessel The migrants were picked up by the country’s maritime rescue services as they were trying to cross the waters separating Morocco from Spain in dozens of dinghies.

Victory for Italy , uncertainty for migrants . After Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Monday that the ship and its passengers would be welcome in Valencia, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was quick to celebrate In the first week of June alone, 561 migrants arrived in Spain by sea .

The migrants will be granted a special humanitarian permit to stay for 45 days in Spain while the authorities review their cases and give them medical attention. The Spanish government said it would review each of the 630 migrants’ cases to decide whether they would be granted asylum. Those who do not fulfill the criteria would face deportation.

The fate of the Aquarius has underlined the deep divisions in Europe over how to handle an influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa. The Aquarius was also refused the right to dock in Malta.

a large ship in a body of water: The Italian Navy vessel the Dattilo docked shortly before 7 a.m. local time in Valencia, Spain, with about 270 migrants aboard. © Heino Kalis/Reuters The Italian Navy vessel the Dattilo docked shortly before 7 a.m. local time in Valencia, Spain, with about 270 migrants aboard.

Italy’s decision in particular drew a furious reaction from humanitarian groups and from other European countries. Spain brought an end to the standoff when its new Socialist government offered to let the migrants land there instead.

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.

After more than a week at sea , hundreds of migrants turned away by Italy danced and sang as their ships arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday.

Arrivals to Italy from North Africa this year are 23.126.” Spain : “56,480 irregular migrants have reached Spain ’s Mediterranean coasts through In the first 11 months of 2018, almost 53 000 irregular migrants arrived in Spain via this route, more than double the figure from the same period a year ago.

During the standoff, Italy allowed emergency services to board the Aquarius to check on the migrants, who were crammed on board. The Italian government also sent two navy ships to escort the Aquarius to Spain and to help transport the migrants in order to reduce overcrowding.

The Aquarius is operated by two European humanitarian groups, SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders. David Noguera, the president of the Spanish branch of Doctors Without Borders, said on Sunday that the migrants had completed a journey that was “too long and generates contradictory feelings.” He added, “The blockade of European ports sets a very negative precedent.”

Mr. Salvini has cast his government’s turning away of the Aquarius as a political victory. His party campaigned on promises to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants and to prevent new arrivals from landing on Italian shores.

Spain’s new Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said his government’s decision to let the refugees land was an “obligation to avoid a human catastrophe.”

Even as the Aquarius migrants reached safety in Valencia after their week at sea, others faced a similar ordeal.

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.

VALENCIA: A migrant rescue boat turned away by Italy and Malta arrived at the Spanish port of “People are calm and pleased to be arriving in Spain ,” the group said. All seven pregnant women on Anti- migrant feeling has surged in Italy , where more than 600,000 people have arrived by sea

The number of unauthorized migrants arriving in Europe from Africa, the Middle East and Asia has fallen sharply since 2016 — except in Spain Most were rescued at sea . Josep Borrell, Spain ’s new foreign minister, described the cooperation with Morocco as “excellent,” but warned that “we will

Mr. Salvini warned on his Facebook page on Saturday that “two other ships with the flag of Netherlands — Lifeline and Seefuchs — have arrived off the coast of Libya, waiting for their load of human beings abandoned by the smugglers.”

He said Italy would block those other rescue ships, too, writing: “These gentlemen know that Italy no longer wants to be complicit in the business of illegal immigration, and therefore will have to look for other ports (not Italian) where to go.”

On Sunday morning, Spanish medical staff boarded the Dattilo to carry out preliminary health checks just as the ship reached its assigned dock at Valencia’s port. Spanish police officers started registering the first migrants, who were allowed to disembark.

The first migrant who completed the registration process was a 29-year-old man from Sudan, according to Spanish news reports. Over 1,000 people helped receive the migrants in Valencia, including Red Cross workers and interpreters.

Some of the migrants are expected to be transferred to France, after the government of President Emmanuel Macron announced that passengers from the Aquarius who wished to resettle in France would be welcomed.

The arrival of the Aquarius also coincided with the rescue of almost 1,000 migrants off the southern coast of Spain over the weekend. The migrants were picked up by the country’s maritime rescue services as they were trying to cross the waters separating Morocco from Spain in dozens of dinghies.

“Spain faces an avalanche of migrants due to the call effect,” a headline in ABC, a Spanish right-wing newspaper, said on Sunday.

Italy's populist government won't permit boats carrying migrants to dock, despite EU pressure .
The decision escalates the new populist government’s fight with other European countries on the thorny issue of migration and asylum, which has also spurred debate in the U.S.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.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!