Italy: immigrant landings up 59% since beginning of 2015, FM

Gentiloni urges EU to do more

18 February, 20:04

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 18 - Immigrant landings in Italy have gone up 59% since the beginning of 2015 from the same period last year, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday, urging more help from the European Union.

    The crisis in Libya is "exacerbating the tragedy of thousands of people fleeing towards our coasts aboard boats", Gentiloni told the Lower House.

    Overall, 5,302 people have landed in Italy this year compared to 3,338 during the same period in 2014, he said.

    The foreign minister stressed in his address that Europe "is an economic superpower and, as such, can go beyond the 50 million euros a year today spent to confront such an emergency".(ANSAmed).

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