Italy takes formal European Union step over migrant arrivals burden

A total of 76,873 migrants and refugees reached Italy between January 1 and June 28, compared to 67,773 in the same period past year, according to Interior Ministry data published on Wednesday.

Italy may start denying access to foreign vessels bringing rescued migrants to its shores, government sources told Italian news agency ANSA on Wednesday.

The European Commissioner for Immigration, Dimitri Avramopoulos, also met Massari to discuss the crisis.

Rome: More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in hard weather conditions, Italy's coastguard said Tuesday.

The Italian government is stressing the socio-economic impact on certain regions in Italy, arguing that the situation is "unsustainable".

Spain's Civil Guard said one of its vessels serving under Frontex's anti-trafficking Operation Triton had rescued 133 people found on an inflatable dinghy off Libya.

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The UN Migration Agency said 8,863 migrants were rescued trying to reach Italy from Libya between June 24 and 27.

Among the NGOs rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean is Doctors without Borders (MSF).

Italy has threatened to stop foreign boats carrying migrants to its ports. Other countries, such as Poland, have refused to host asylum seekers and lighten Italy's load.

Almost 77,000 migrants have landed in Italy since January, up 15 percent on the same period in 2016.

Both Germany and France have said Italy, after the closure of the Turkey route, has been left alone to fend with the refugee crisis for too long.

It was time for European Union member states to "step up", he said, and contribute financial support to Italy if needed, along with aid to African nations like Libya to reduce the numbers of people leaving - a promise made in February. And even the maverick radical Five Star Movement is moving to a more anti-immigrant position, calling for a halt to any new migrants being lodged in Rome. Often that country is Italy. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has also accused other European nations of "looking the other way" as more than 73,000 migrants have landed in Italy this year. Several U.N. employees were held for a while, then released.

  • Myrtle Hill