Migrants: Italy threatens to block its ports

Migrants: Italy threatens to block its ports

Migrants: Italy threatens to block its ports

Italy has brought in over half a million boat migrants since 2014, and a record 181,000 came a year ago.

Italy is now asking for the European Commission to change EU asylum procedures and allow Italy to stop new migrant landings or reduce them dramatically.

Italy has seen more than 500,000 refugees and migrants arrive by boat since 2014.

Italy increased the tone and threatens to block the entrance to its ports of vessels carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, flying a foreign flag, it was learnt on Wednesday with media and a source close to the government Italian.

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Most of the people who are rescued in the Mediterranean are those who try attempting the crossing from crisis-hit Libya as it is a gateway to Europe for migrants from across sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Syria and Bangladesh.

The record for migrants rescued on a single day stands at 7,000, plucked from their unseaworthy vessels on 29 August 2016.

Traffickers on the North African coast take advantage of periods of good weather to set large numbers of migrants seeking passage to Europe out to sea, a notoriously unsafe crossing.

Italy is "a country under pressure, and we ask the help of our European allies", he said on Thursday at a press conference in Berlin.

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In the first five months of this year, 60,228 migrants arrived in Italy by boat.

Meanwhile, Italy's neighbours have closed their borders to try to keep migrants from moving north, as they did in the past, and some European Union partners such as Poland and Hungary have refused to host some asylum-seekers to ease the burden on Italy and Greece, another frontline country.

"Discussed with Italian ambassador our support after increasing numbers of arrivals in Italy", Avramopoulos tweeted.

Also among Wednesday's arrivals was a Spanish Navy ship bringing over 900 migrants to the Italian island of Sardinia, including 126 women - six of them pregnant - and about 50 youngsters, some of them without accompanying adults.

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Italy is the main point of arrival for mostly African migrants to European shores this year, and more boats are sent out nearly daily. Several U.N. employees were held for a while, then released.

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