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World Italy accepts 900 migrants but 600 more continue onto Spain

10:41  13 june  2018
10:41  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Spain rescues more than 900 boat migrants, finds four bodies

  Spain rescues more than 900 boat migrants, finds four bodies Spain's coast guard rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in the Mediterranean Friday and Saturday, as the country prepared for the arrival of a charity rescue ship that was denied a port by Italy and Malta. The number of people fleeing poverty and conflict by boat to Spain doubled last year and is likely to rise again in 2018, according to the EU border agency, potentially pushing migration up the national political agenda.

A rescue ship run by a European charity is headed to Spain with more than 600 migrants on board after Italy and Malta refused to accept the vessel. On Monday afternoon, Spain offered to allow the migrant -rescue ship to dock at the port of Valencia "to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe

Text 07441 900 600 . Facebook. Between January and May this year, more than 22,500 migrants had reached European shores: 42% arrived in Italy from Libya and the remainder were divided between Greece, from Turkey (38%) and Spain , from Morocco (20%), according to then International

People gather to stage a protest after the rescue ship Aquarius has been stuck since Saturday in international waters off the coast of Italy and Malta, both of which have refused it entry, in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the new populist government refused them safe port in a dramatic bid to force Europe to share the burden of unrelenting arrivals. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP) © The Associated Press People gather to stage a protest after the rescue ship Aquarius has been stuck since Saturday in international waters off the coast of Italy and Malta, both of which have refused it entry, in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the new populist government refused them safe port in a dramatic bid to force Europe to share the burden of unrelenting arrivals. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

CATANIA, Sicily — An Italian coast guard vessel has docked in Sicily with more than 900 migrants aboard, evidence that Italy's new anti-migrant government is still taking in some asylum-seekers but is forcing the rest of Europe to accept others.

Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship

  Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in its ports. Representatives from Italy, Malta, Greece and Cyprus met to discuss ways to better locate and identify missing migrants -- at the same time the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying migrants including children and pregnant women, was left stranded at sea for two days --- until Spain mid-Monday said it would allow it to dock at the port of Valencia.

A rescue boat carrying more than 600 migrants from Libya was left drifting in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy refused to let the vessel dock in its ports. Spain has now announced it will allow the boat to dock in the eastern port of Valenica.

(ROME) -- The standoff continued on Monday between Italy and Malta over more than 600 migrants who are adrift aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean and waiting to find out if they will be allowed to dock in a port soon. On Monday afternoon, Spain offered to allow the

Crew aboard the Diciotti began disembarking passengers in Catania's port early Wednesday. At the same time, the Aquarius vessel of the aid group SOS Mediterranee continued its dayslong westward voyage to Spain, where it was rerouted after Italy and Malta refused it entry.

The fates of the two ships are evidence of the policy shift by Italy's new populist government: refuse entry to rescue ships of European-flagged aid groups, but allow Italian maritime vessels in its ports.

The shift has heightened tensions in Europe, with France accusing Italy of "cynical" and irresponsible behavior.

629 migrants on humanitarian ship caught in Mediterranean limbo .
A ship carrying more than 600 rescued migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Italy after both countries declined to take its human cargo. The ship, Aquarius, is operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the SOS Mediterranee organizations.Aquarius rescued 629 people Saturday night into Sunday morning -- taking on people from two rubber vessels as well as "Italian navy ships, Italian coast guard ships and merchant vessels" in six different operations, MSF and SOS said on Twitter.The organizations said the boat was located 35 nautical miles from Italy and 27 nautical miles from Malta.

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