The new Italian Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, went to Sicily to visit Catania, in order to support the election of the new mayor. He also visited Pozzallo, where two days ago 158 migrants arrived. Concerning this lastest arrival, the Minister said that the Mediterranean is a cemetery and that Sicily can not be the refugee camp of Europe.
During the press conference, Matteo Salvini said that the only way to save migrants’ lives is to avoid departures and speed up repatriations, working with countries of origin in order to open a dialogue based on agreements that avoid the arrival of migrants in Libyan ports. In addition, Salvini announced that at the meeting in Luxembourg (on 6th June) the Italian government will say no to the reform of the Dublin regulation, because he believes that the migrant dossier with the EU must be re-treated.
The new Minister of the Interior also expressed his concern regarding the problematic cases of Tunisian migrants in Italian reception centers. According to him, Tunisia is a free and democratic country that is not “exporting gentlemen but convicts, considering that in Tunisia there are not wars, pestilences or famines”.
Maria Elena Argano
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