Italy plans to seize aid agency boats in new crackdown on migrants – and push for new processing centres in Libya and voluntary repatriation

Migrants stand on the deck of the Swedish Navy ship Bkv 002, as they wait to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Catania, Italy, Saturday, July 1, 2017

  • Marco Minniti, Italy’s interior minister, is looking to push through the shake-up
  • Many of the asylum seekers who reach Italian shores do so on private aid boats
  • The Italian official will ask other European countries to pitch in to help out more
  • He also wants to shift the asylum application centres from Italy to Libya