Talks in Paris on Sunday on Italy's migrant crisis

Italy wants other EU states to open their ports to NGOs
Italy wants other EU states to open their ports to NGOs
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02 July, 2017

The global community should do more to help Italy contend with the massive numbers of migrants arriving on its shores, Grandi said.

"This can not be an Italian problem alone", he added.

The interior ministers of France, Germany and Italy will meet in Paris on Sunday to discuss a "coordinated approach" to help Italy deal with hordes of migrants arriving in its ports, a source said.

Faced with rising numbers of migrants risking the perilous sea crossing to reach Europe, Italy last week threatened to close its doors to people arriving on boats with foreign flags.

He also called for greater worldwide efforts to tackle the causes of the migration, protect people and fight trafficking.

According to the United Nations, some 77,000 migrants have landed in Italy since the start of the year, up 15 percent on the same period a year earlier, and some 1,800 have died crossing the Mediterranean in the risky journey.

European Union officials have pledged almost 200 million USA dollars to Libya's coastguard in an effort to counter migrant efforts.

Numerous people arriving need health care and support.

The UNHCR said that among the arrivals in Italy there was an alarmingly high rate of unaccompanied children or victims of sexual or gender-based violence.

The number of migrant children arriving on their own rose two-fold between 2015 and 2016, reaching 25,846 at the end of a year ago.

Macron meanwhile cited the Italian premier as saying that more than 80 percent of the migrants were seeking a better life economically and were not fleeing war or persecution.

That followed brawls on Friday night when security forces used tear gas to disperse the feuding sides, Calais Mayor Philippe Mignonet said.

But hundreds remain near the port, mostly Africans and Afghans, who clash sporadically with police as they make nightly attempts to stow away onto trucks heading across the Channel to Britain.

The vast majority of migrants making their way to Italy across the Mediterranean set off from Libya.

Gentiloni was in Berlin for a meeting with his fellow European G20 leaders on the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Efe news reported.


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