Europe must put more money into migrant issue, Italian FM

Enormous commitment with Turkey, now Med route focus needed

24 January, 18:43

    (ANSAmed) - DAVOS, JANUARY 24 - The migration issue has become central to public debate in Europe thanks to Italy and is now influencing elections in member states, Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but ''is not central in its budget''. Gentiloni noted that the EU had put a great deal of money into getting Turkey to close the Balkan route and said that the same should be done as concerns Central Africa with ''more quality cooperation and investment''. The issue of resources for migrants also concerns the debate on the EU budget that will be held over the coming months.

    The minister said that countries in agreement on the issue should join forces and stress that Europe must stand together and not have policies that single member states can pick and choose between.

    ''We can move forward with 10 or 15 countries and not necessarily 27,'' he added. (ANSAmed).

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