Italy has threatened to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya’s coast. The move comes after rescue boats delivered some 10,000 people to the country in recent days.
The ship Aquarius, carrying over a hundred migrants rescued at sea, has reached Spain after being rejected by Italy. The case highlights rifts in the EU over how to deal with huge numbers of people fleeing to Europe.
Italy has remained firm in its decision to shut its ports to a ship carrying more than 600 migrants. But Rome insisted it is still willing to help asylum-seekers — under certain conditions.
Italy’s closure of its ports to a ship carrying migrants rescued at sea may be controversial, but is it illegal? The case is renewing calls for a unified European stance on migrants.
The coast guard has rescued migrants from 68 different smuggling boats in the last two days. This is in addition to the 630 people due to arrive in Spain on Sunday after being turned away by Italy and Malta.
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