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Offbeat Migrant rescue boat arrives in Spain after rejection by Italy and Malta

16:09  04 july  2018
16:09  04 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Almost 350 migrants are stranded on two boats in the Mediterranean

  Almost 350 migrants are stranded on two boats in the Mediterranean Both boats have been barred from docking at nearby Italy and Malta, as the countries urged other European nations to take in the stranded migrants. The standoff comes weeks after Italy and Malta refused to accept another rescue ship, the Aquarius, which was carrying over 600 migrants. After two days drifting in the Mediterranean the migrants were accepted by Spain, exposing the tough new policies of Italy's hardline interior minister and leader of the anti-immigration League party, Matteo Salvini.

A rescue boat transporting 60 migrants who were rescued in the waters off Libya is on its way to Barcelona Sunday after Italy and Malta both denied port to the vessel Saturday.

ROME (Reuters) – A humanitarian boat carrying 59 migrants rescued off Libya was heading for Barcelona on Sunday after Italy and Malta , both much closer to the place of rescue , had refused to let it dock in their ports.

a person in a cage: The Open Arms rescue boat, run by the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity, arrives to port in Barcelona.© REUTERS/Albert Gea The Open Arms rescue boat, run by the Spanish Proactiva Open Arms charity, arrives to port in Barcelona. A humanitarian rescue boat carrying 60 migrants rescued off Libya docked in Barcelona on Wednesday after being turned away by Malta and Italy, in the latest example of European divisions on immigration.

Spain's new Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, had offered for the second time in a month to take in migrants rejected by Italy and Malta, which where both closer.

Irregular immigration across the Mediterranean has fallen dramatically, with about 45,000 people making it to Europe across the sea this year compared to over a million in 2015, but politically it has become ever more divisive.

On both sides of Atlantic, migrants meet hostile reception

  On both sides of Atlantic, migrants meet hostile reception On both sides of the Atlantic, migrants flooding in by the hundreds each day have met a hostile reception and governments unable to agree on how to cope with the arrivals. On Tuesday, yet another rescue boat loaded with migrants struggled to find safe harbor in the Mediterranean, while in Austria police cadets playing the role of desperate refugees rattled a chain-link fence demanding to be let in as part of a high-profile training exercise to test the mettle of a new border force charged with preventing an influx of migrants.

ROME (Reuters) - A humanitarian boat carrying 59 migrants rescued off Libya was heading for Barcelona on Sunday after Italy and Malta , both much closer to the place of rescue , had refused to let it dock in their ports.

ROME (Reuters) - A humanitarian boat carrying 59 migrants rescued off Libya was heading for Barcelona on Sunday after Italy and Malta , both much closer to the place of rescue , had refused to let it dock in their ports.

Last week, European Union states agreed to tighten their external borders and spend more in the Middle East and North Africa to bring down the number of migrants and to set up new centers to handle new arrivals.

In a video tweeted by a crew member, men, women and children sang and cheered as the rescue ship Open Arms, operated by the Spanish charity ProActiva Open Arms, arrived in Barcelona's busy port to dock alongside cruise and cargo ships.

Last month, Spain had accepted 629 migrants on another charity rescue boat, the Aquarius.

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau tweeted that Wednesday's arrivals "could have died, but they are alive."

"This is the Mediterranean Sea and the Europe we want, where life is celebrated and protected," she added.

The migrants, including five women and four children, are of various nationalities, including Palestinians, Syrians and Guineans. They received medical attention before being processed by police.

Most Spaniards are in favor of welcoming and helping to integrate refugees, and feel that their previous, conservative government did not do enough, pollsters say.

Reporting by Sam Edwards; editing by Kevin Liffey

Pope denounces 'sterile hypocrisy' of anti-migrant policies .
Pope Francis thanked aid groups that rescue and care for migrants on Friday and denounced the "sterile hypocrisy" of those who turn a blind eye to the world's poor seeking security and a dignified life. Francis celebrated a special Mass for migrants and those who care for them in St. Peter's Basilica, calling attention to their plight as Europe, the U.S. and other countries increasingly close their doors, ports and borders to them.

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