Italy threatens to close its ports to ships carrying rescued migrants, saying it can no longer cope

The EU has appealed to Italy not to make good on a threat to close its ports to boats carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.

More than 73,000 asylum seekers have been rescued off the coast of Libya and brought to Italy this year, on top of the 181,000 who arrived last year, and Rome’s patience is running out.

The vast majority are economic migrants, with Nigerians and Bangladeshi the most numerous nationalities, followed by people from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Senegal.

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  • Dana Garcia

    Don’t threaten to shut illegal immigration down, just do it. Talk is cheap.

  • Liberal Progressive

    But all people are entitled to the right to emigrate to where ever they want regardless of that those countries think. The United Nations and Justin say so!

    • Observer

      That’s only because those despots want to replace their populations with those who don’t support democracy.

    • Starlord

      Yup globalism, no borders or citizenship anywhere except for Indians/native people in Canada. They are special and have a license to whing for centuries about their land. White/Euro stock hand over the keys.

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops
  • Martin B

    Just look at that boatload of Beethovens coming to enrich Europe.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Check ’em; If they’re muzzie, let them swim back. They won’t thank you for treating them like human beings.

    • John Boy

      Paint 40kg ingots of lead gold coloured, and then offer it to the illegals as the incentive for them to swim home with it.

  • DVult

    Why didn’t they do this five years ago at least?

  • Let this all collapse on itself.

    Europe has committed a slow suicide.

  • David Murrell

    After a year-and-a-half of illegal immigration, of about 240,000 ecomomic migrants, the Italian government finally gets it through its thick head that it the country is hurting. Will wonders never cease.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Redirect these boats to France. Let it be their problem.

    • Blacksmith

      Or Merkle land.

  • mobuyus

    Where the hell is the Mafia? This is the sort of shit that should unite the mob in defense of poor Italy.

    • Tooth&Claw

      The mafia is making alliances to traffic drugs with these migrants

      • Bernie

        Who do you think is bringing all these illegals in?

        • mobuyus

          The do-gooders, virtue signalers and NGO’s. I saw no criminal masterminds on any of those boats nor anyone a self respecting mobster would be seen with. All I saw were worthless unemployable grandmother mugging parasites.

        • Tooth&Claw

          IMHO? Several types of ‘mafioso’ not only Italian or Sicilian.

  • Bernie

    Instead of granting these migrants access to Italy, put them on the next ship back where they came from.

  • bob e

    good thinking guys .. you are only a million savage migrants to late ..

  • Bless his heart

    Italy has legal and moral reason to confiscate the vessels used in this operation either before or after they are used.
    they also can legally arrest the smugglers involved.
    They have a case against Soros as funder and against all corporations, NGO’s, foundations, their officers and others involved in this breaking of the law.
    Seize the ships.

    • Blacksmith

      “Seize the ships” Load them up with prior arrivals and sail them back to Africa and dump the cargo, lather rinse repeat until they are all gone.

  • Blacksmith

    Turn them around, they can come back when they are empty or full of something useful.