Italian PM satisfied with 'right direction' at European Union migration summit

Macron Attacks Italy’s New Govt Warns Euroscepticism Is Spreading ‘Like Leprosy’			LUDOVIC MARIN  AFP  Getty Images		22 Jun 2018

Macron Attacks Italy’s New Govt Warns Euroscepticism Is Spreading ‘Like Leprosy’ LUDOVIC MARIN AFP Getty Images 22 Jun 2018

At yesterday's emergency, mini-summit meeting of 16 EU leaders in Brussels to discuss migration (ahead of a proper summit of the European Council on 28-29 June), on arrival Chancellor Merkel said, "we know that at the European Council, unfortunately, we will not have a complete solution of the migration issue".

When someone has the right to protection and asylum, we should grant it."A failure to find agreement could threaten the EU's border-free travel area, one of the biggest accomplishments of the bloc's 60-year history.Despite the different perspectives, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said, "progress is possible on Thursday."Encouraged by a deal with Turkey that has slashed the number of people arriving from there by 97 percent since 2015, the European Union appeared ready to greenlight plans to set up screening centers in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.Plans to set up migrant reception centers in Albania are also under discussion".

The meeting was called last week to clear the air before a scheduled full summit on Thursday and Friday.

A failure to find agreement could threaten the EU's border-free travel area, one of the biggest accomplishments of the bloc's 60-year history.

He stated this during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, AFP reports.

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"Can't be that country that would greatly benefit from the solidarity of the EU, EN masse has stated on national egoism when it concerns the topic of migration", - said the French President.

According to the data of the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), 52,240 migrants or refugees arrived in Europe as of June 20 this year, compared to 186,768 in 2017 and 390,432 in 2016.

It also came after proposals announced on Saturday by Macron and Sanchez to set up closed detention centres and to sanction European Union states that refused to host asylum seekers. He mentioned Libya - the main jumping off point for countries bound for Europe - other African countries and the Balkans. Its tough new approach has aggravated European Union tensions over immigration policy and created concerns among investors.

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly hailed the news that a second migrant ship he had turned away would be taken in elsewhere.

Under the so-called Dublin rules, asylum-seekers must be processed in the country where they first arrive, often Mediterranean countries like Italy, Greece and Spain.

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After turning away the Aquarius, which later docked in Spain, Rome on Saturday vowed to block the Lifeline, a boat run by a German charity carrying 239 people, including pregnant women and children.

Europe's migration crisis, which peaked with the arrival of more than 1 million asylum seekers in 2015, has been tapering off with arrivals falling to the tens of thousands so far this year.

Aid groups say conditions for migrants and refugees on the shores of Libya are atrocious and accuse Italy of being complicit in the abuse of those migrants. Reflecting the mounting anger over the lack of assistance from its partners, Italy's new government has refused to admit foreign-flagged rescue ships, accusing them of abetting traffickers.

Like everything to do with migrants in Europe lately, even this meeting is proving controversial.

He also called for other EU countries to accept their share of economic migrants entering the bloc, or get less EU money, reviving an idea that has already been rejected by mostly central European countries in the past.

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