Repatriations in 4 mts with new migrant decree, Di Maio says

'First step for safe repatriations. 13 countries in plan'

04 October, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 4 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Friday presented a new decree regarding asylum seekers which he said will cut the time it takes for a decision on whether a migrant should be repatriated to four months from two years.

    "It was a team effort," 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Di Maio told a press conference at the foreign ministry.

    "I thank (Justice) Minister (Alfonso) Bonafede, Premier (Giuseppe) Conte and (Interior) Minister (Luciana) Lamorgese because this morning we signed a ministerial decree that enables us to bring down the measures to establish if a migrant can stay in Italy from two years to four months".

    "We are working to avoid the 'pull factor' which can be avoided by making the message clear that those who need help are welcomed but those who, based on international rules, cannot stay here will be repatriated", Di Maio said.

    The measure is the "first step of our plan for safe repatriations", he added, stressing that it will "bring from two years to four months repatriations tos a series of countries".

    Bonafede said the decree "enables to halve the procedure" of international protection, "having a list of safe countries". The 13 countries listed in the repatriation program, Di Maio said, are: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Senegal, Serbia and Ukraine. "For all cases in which discriminations were to be made, our constitution, our laws preserve the rights of the individual", Di Maio said. "Everything stopped for the last 14 months", he noted, adding that he doesn't think "redistribution is the final solution" but rather "an important step to halt departures".

    (ANSAmed).

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