Migrants: EU cannot make it without Italy, Di Maio says

Minister receives Schinas, 'we expect our requests to be met'

21 January, 15:50

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 21 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday said the European Union cannot forge a migrant policy without Italy, speaking after a meeting in Rome with European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs and Migration Ylva Johansson.

    ''Italy is the country in Europe that has suffered the most from the migratory crisis of the last 10 years, in particular since some (countries) bombed Libya in 2011,'' Di Maio said.

    ''We paid for faults that were not ours and today we sent a clear message to the EU.

    ''Without Italy, the EU cannot make it, and that's why we expect our requests to be met''.

    Di Maio said a ''new beginning is necessary for the EU - a common repatriation policy and the introduction of a mandatory redistribution system for asylum seekers between countries'', Di Maio said.

    ''The European Commission has reopened negotiations on migration and asylum and soon a new European pact will be reached on the migration issue'', the minister announced on Facebook after the meeting.

    He also said he had conveyed to Schinas and Johansson ''a very simple concept: Italy is the country that has given the most in these years and it has been left on its own, so now it's up to someone else.

    ''Also because our country is among the five that have welcomed the most migrants in the European Union, but asylum requests are higher elsewhere, for example in France, and that shows that many of the people who land on our coasts have no intention of staying, instead they want to go to northern Europe. That must lead, according to Di Maio, the EU to intervene with determination, meeting Italy's requests to supersede the Dublin Regulation, and on voluntary repatriation.

    ''The EU must above all deal with this resorting to Frontex and must do so drafting a list of safe countries to repatriate to, as we have already done in Italy, in order to speed up the operations.

    ''In this regard, we must also think of incentives at the EU level towards those African countries, and not only, that show themselves willing to receive repatriations. Commercial incentives or on visa policy. ''Finally, more money for immigration is needed in the EU budget, more resources to help origin countries. ''We must prevent, anticipate events, and act on the reasons for migration.''(ANSAmed).

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