Italy Declares A State Of Immigration Emergency

The Italian government of Giorgia Meloni has decided on a six-month state of emergency to deal with the sudden upsurge in the arrival of migrants from North Africa.

The announcement of the state of emergency took place on Tuesday April 11, at the end of the Easter weekend, during which 3,000 migrants arrived on the Italian coast, including 2,000 rescued by the coast guard. A fishing vessel with on board some 600 migrants rescued off the coast arrived again on Wednesday April 12 in Catania in Sicily.

Responsibility For The Delay in Relief

Since the beginning of the year, 31,192 migrants have arrived by sea in the country, almost four times more than the previous year.

During the first quarter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recorded 441 deaths in the central Mediterranean, a figure that had not been reached since 2017. And most certainly underestimated according to the IOM, which has in particular pointed to the responsibility for the brakes put by the far-right government of Giorgia Meloni on relief operations in the death of 76 people in a shipwreck off the province of Crotone (Calabria) on February 26.

Acceleration of Eviction Procedures

In recent months, the largest number of migrants have left from Tunisia using the central Mediterranean maritime route, ahead of Libya, for a long time the first point of departure.

Minister of the Sea and Civil Protection Nello Musumeci said the sudden upsurge in migrant arrivals was putting Italian infrastructure in “absolute urgency”. We are talking about a phenomenon never observed in the past, he said, calling for intervention by the European Union.

The state of emergency provides for an acceleration of deportation procedures, as well as aid of 5 million euros intended in particular for the establishment of reception centers in the southern regions of the country most affected by the arrivals.

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