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World Italy accepts 900 migrants but 600 more continue onto Spain

10:41  13 june  2018
10:41  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.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.

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.

An Italian coast guard vessel has docked in Sicily with more than 900 migrants aboard, evidence that Italy 's new 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.

People gather to stage a protest after the rescue ship Aquarius has been stuck since Saturday in international waters off the coast of Italy and Malta, both of which have refused it entry, in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the new populist government refused them safe port in a dramatic bid to force Europe to share the burden of unrelenting arrivals. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press People gather to stage a protest after the rescue ship Aquarius has been stuck since Saturday in international waters off the coast of Italy and Malta, both of which have refused it entry, in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the new populist government refused them safe port in a dramatic bid to force Europe to share the burden of unrelenting arrivals. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

CATANIA, Sicily — 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.

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Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain in CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — 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

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.

The fates of the two ships are evidence of the policy shift by Italy's new populist government: refuse entry to rescue ships of European-flagged aid groups, but allow Italian maritime vessels in its ports.

The shift has heightened tensions in Europe, with France accusing Italy of "cynical" and irresponsible behavior.

Migrant rescue vessels suspend operations after Italian intervention .
Amid the ongoing controversy over immigration, the owners of two rescue boats say Italy has forced them to stop operating. One of the boats, the Lifeline, has 224 people on board whom it rescued off the coast of Libya. Italy says it will seize the Lifeline for violating international law.The other, the Seefuchs, or Sea Fox, docked in Malta after Italy questioned its registration.The boats are operated by German nongovernmental organizations. Operators insist they are registered in the Netherlands, which has denied responsibility for them.

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