Italy Calls for Refugee Sharing
For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision Italy is urging its European partners to take a greater share of the flux of immigrants crossing from North Africa as hundreds more arrive in boats on the southern island of Lampedusa. Let's take a look. Italy is urging its European partners to take a greater share of the surge of immigrants pouring in from North Africa. The plea comes as hundreds more refugees in boats spill onto the southern island of Lampedusa. [Roberto Maroni, Interior Minister]: "All the allied countries, we say all the countries from the EU have to share the burden of the refugees who might arrive to Italy, to Greece or Malta." According to the Interior Minister, nearly 15 thousand immigrants, most of them Tunisians, have entered Italy illegally since January 1. And the number of refugees is on the rise as the turmoil in North Africa sweeps away barriers to migration. A boat with 200 Libyans arrived in Sicily on Monday morning, sparking fresh fears of a mass exodus from Libya. Maroni also announced tighter controls to keep "criminals or terrorists" from entering Italy together with legitimate immigrants. The issue risks sparking tensions with Italy's partners in the coalition that has launched air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi. [Ignazio La Russa, Defence Minister]: "The international community has to face the consequences of our humanitarian mission, equally sharing the burden of the migrants wave that could come, the same way as we are all taking responsibility to help the Libyan people". Lampedusa, a tiny island south of Sicily, has borne the brunt of the recent flood of illegal immigrants from North Africa. Many of those arriving have already been transferred to other parts of Italy but a reception centre in Lampedusa is filled to overflowing. Locals complain bitterly of being abandoned by politicians in Rome and the Italian government has made the same complaint to its European partners.
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