Libya - An Italian tugboat with 66 migrants on board is not allowed to enter an Italian port. The migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya. That reports the Italian public broadcaster Rai Uno.
The Italian Deputy Minister of the Interior, Stefano Candiani, was reportedly angry with the crew of the ship that rescued the migrants and did not leave them to the Libyan Coast Guard. "It is up to them to save and absorb the illegal migrants", says Candiani in a conversation with the Rai.
According to Italian media, the Italian Coast Guard will now take the migrants and still bring them to Italy. Candiani emphasized that no one's life is endangered.
The new Italian government is pursuing a strict migration policy and wants, among other things, that migrants from Libya are intercepted and sent back to Africa instead of coming to Europe. If it depends on the Italian Minister of Home Affairs Matteo Salvini, European naval vessels can no longer bring migrants to Italy. "Why should all rescued migrants be delivered in Italy? ", Salvini asked in a newspaper interview yesterday.
Italy has already issued a port ban against private aid organizations. Salvini, who is also chairman of the right-wing party, Lega Nord, now demands that all ships of EU missions no longer automatically enter Italian ports.