Ocean Viking: Italy allows migrants to disembark

Ocean Viking: Italy allows migrants to disembark

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Eighty-two migrants have actually disembarked on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa after 6 days at sea.

Italy says it is enabling the ship, the Ocean Viking, to unload the migrants as the majority of those on board will be relocated to other EU countries.

The move signifies a modification of approach to migration from the new coalition which took office on Tuesday.

Ex-Interior Minister Matteo Salvini consistently blocked access to charity-run migrant vessels.

The migrants were transferred from the Ocean Viking to a coastguard vessel prior to being taken ashore, Italian TELEVISION images revealed.

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The Ocean Viking was carrying 58 males, 6 women and 18 minors saved off Libya’s coast.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told Italian tv that “the safe port was assigned because the European Union concurred to our request to take many of the migrants”.

But this did not mark a return to a policy of open ports, he included.

” It must be clear that, even in the past with the previous federal government, our objective was to ensure that those migrants who arrived in Italy were redistributed to other European countries.”

Mr Salvini, the leader of the reactionary League and previous ally of Mr Di Maio’s, took out of the coalition with his Five Star celebration last month in a quote to activate new elections.

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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted on Saturday that an advertisement hoc European contract had been reached between Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg to allow the landing. “We now need to settle on a genuine temporary European mechanism,” he included.

The EU seems inching towards a mechanism for this – even if it is at first a temporary, partial one.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stated that under the possible future arrangement, his nation would take 25%of rescued migrants landing in Italy. “That will not be excessive for our immigration policy,” Mr Seehofer told Saturday’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

He stated it was time to end the “uncomfortable process” of bargaining over each considerable amount of saved migrants.

EU interior ministers will satisfy in Malta later on this month to attempt to reach a larger offer, ahead of a European summit in October in Luxembourg.

France and Germany have each accepted take a quarter of the boat’s migrants, with Italy to take 10%, AFP news agency reports.

SOS Méditerranée is running the rescue ship collectively with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

It said on Twitter it had actually received the green light to cruise to Lampedusa, six days after it performed the migrant rescue off the coast of Libya.

MSF stated the group made up 58 males, 6 women and 18 minors.

Earlier, they tweeted the response of the migrants on board when they were told they had actually been enabled to disembark in Italy.

Over the last few years Italy, like Greece, has struggled to manage migrant boats sailing from North Africa or Turkey.

People-smuggling gangs continue to make huge make money from African migrants desperate to reach Europe, as they leave war or hardship.

Libya is a major transit center, but it is chaotic and violence is rife.

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