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No more rescue in the Mediterranean

the Requirement is part of the Italian minister of the interior Matteo Salvinis offensive to distribute refugees within Europe. In the discussion with european diplomats have Salvinis representatives demanded that other countries open their ports. Diplomatkällor say to The Independent that, among others, Spain, France and Germany refused. Countries refers to the Dublinfördraget, which requires that asylum seekers should stay in the EU country they first come to the.

threatened Salvinis representatives to put their veto against the extension of the so-called Operation Sophie – the EU programme for the prevention of the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean, whose waterside also has saved to 49,000 people since 2015.

Because other countries do not want to open its ports put Italy up another requirement to drop through extension: No rescue in the Mediterranean sea. Instead, bevakandet of migrantflöden be channelled through the air above the sea. The requirement has been met, and, yesterday, Wednesday, approved an extension through. It is valid for six months, and the removal of the vessels is called ”temporary.”

migrationsansvarig of the human rights organisation Amnesty International, told The Independent that the procedure is ”a scandalous retreat from the EU's responsibility”. He continues:

”this shameful decision has nothing to do with the needs of the people who risk their lives at sea, but only to do with the european governments ' inability to agree on a way to divide the responsibility for them.”

Even the european diplomats are unhappy. ”Not our most beautiful moment, everyone is disappointed,” says one of them to the Politico.

has been on-going since 2015. At first this was its main purpose is to identify and stop people trafficking across the Mediterranean, but with time the task has also been developed, inter alia, to enforce the UN arms embargo on the libyan coast, and to support the libyan coast guard. The programme's formal task is not to seek and save the båtflyktingar, but all vessels in the area are bound to do so, according to the UN sjöfartskonvention.

the Number of migrants who cross the Mediterranean has declined in recent years. Since January of this year, approximately 11,000 people have taken over, according to the UN. In 2018 dog less than 2,300 people when they tried to make the same journey.

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