Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Alfano calls for Europe's support with immigration

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Rome, July 3 - Statistics do not convey the
immigration crisis that is facing Italy, Interior Minister
Angelino Alfano told a constitution affairs committee Tuesday.
The rest of Europe must take note of what is happening in
Italy, with the number of immigrants that flee their homes to
land on Italy's southernmost shores, he said.
The situation affects all of Europe, which must lend a
hand, he added.
In 2011, during the so-called Arab Spring, as many as
60,000 migrants arrived in Italy, said Alfano, a member of
ex-premier Silvo Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party.
Last year, the numbers dropped back to about 13,000, he
noted.
Italy is not facing an emergency situation but it also
can't cope with the continual waves of immigration without help
from other countries of Europe, he sad.
Even as Alfano spoke, the Italian Navy announced that about
80 people were rescued from a raft that was adrift 80 miles off
the coast of Lampedusa.
Of the passengers, 10 are women, four of whom are pregnant,
the Coast Guard said.
The tiny island which is part of Sicily will host Pope
Francis on his first trip outside the Rome area as pontiff
Monday.
He is scheduled to celebrate a mass at an immigration
center that has been a constant source of overcrowding.
Immigration from Northern Africa picks up in summer months
as sea conditions improve.
But many die while attempting the voyage, often in crammed
and unsafe boats.

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