Immigrants continue to die in the Mediterranean
· G20 Summit recognizes that the immigration issue concerns more than Europe ·
The tragedy that is unfolding in the Mediterranean is endless. The bodies of 15 more immigrants were recovered yesterday during various rescue operations in the Sicilian Channel, the sea route that continues to be most frequently undertaken, despite the risks of the journey.
There are not enough operations against human traffickers to stop the inhumane trafficking, the latest operation of which led to an arrest this morning of 15 people, from a list of 21 who are wanted as part of an operation between the police forces of Italy, Belgium, Sweden and France. While all of this was taking place, the G20 Summit acknowledged that immigration is a “global issue”, in the hope that concrete gestures will follow.
In recent hours, at least 2,700 assistance interventions have taken place in the Mediterranean, an activity that works in tandem with the landings of immigrants who reach safety on the Italian coast, especially in the South and in Sardinia. Today, around 1,000 people have reached Palermo. Precisely to attain a method of distribution in the various regions, Angelino Alfano, the interior minister, has this morning summoned the local authorities and the representatives of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI). This concerns not only the transfer of those arriving from the south to the north, but also ensuring a certain distibution in the north.
In Piedmont, for example, 800 new arrivals were registered over the course of the weekend, an additional 100 are expected to arrive today, and within a few days there will be 2,365 asylum seekers that will reach the region. It is always the same small municipalities to make themselves available, while others do not give much gravity to immigration. In the meantime, certain situations in Greece remain critical. Seven Syrian and Pakistani immigrants were injured, five of whom were minors, in riots which took place at the refugee camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos.
St. Peter’s Square
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