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
  • Alain

    It was sounding like some common sense had finally entered the scene until I reached the “voluntary repatriation” bit.

  • Exile1981

    Sink all the boats of invaders. When word gets around no one will try and use that route anymore.

  • tom_billesley

    Of those migrating via Libya, the proportion from West Africa has increased and that from East Africa and the Middle East has decreased.

  • David Murrell

    If Italy starts impinging ships from criminal “charities”, this will receive negative commentary from CBC News and the Globe and Mail.

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll want Justin to send a fleet to bring them directly to Canada.

      • mobuyus

        Oh he will. His virtue signaling knows no limits.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        The Italians will thank him for it.

      • A Hamilton Guy

        He was an embarassment on Dominion Day.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Those are the blackest looking “Syrians” I’ve ever seen. Europe is being enriched in so many ways. Yikes.