Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her British counterpart Rishi Sunak have vowed to combat “unlawful” migration to Europe. They describe the problem as a humanitarian disaster, with shipwrecks of unsafe boats claiming greater than 2,000 lives this yr. Anadolu Company studies.
Each week, 1000’s of migrants cross the Mediterranean to succeed in Italy and enter Europe illegally. Many transfer north, crossing the English Channel to succeed in Britain. That’s the reason we as heads of presidency of Italy and Nice Britain are working collectively to cease the boats and calling on everybody to behave with the identical sense of urgency.
Meloni and Sunak acknowledged in a joint op-ed printed within the Italian every day: Corriere della Sera on Thursday.
It’s an moral disaster, with prison gangs exploiting and cashing in on the distress of probably the most susceptible. It’s a humanitarian disaster, with shipwrecks of unsafe boats having claimed greater than 2,000 lives this yr, they stated.
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“And it’s a European disaster: as President von der Leyen identified throughout her go to to Lampedusa final month, it’s the nation states that determine who arrives in Europe, and never the smugglers and human traffickers.”
They careworn that solely by stopping the circulate of migrants can the belief of Italian and British residents be restored and the 2 nations’ historic function as secure havens for asylum seekers and refugees protected.
“Our willpower to sort out this drawback is already paying off. It has led to a change of tempo within the debate throughout Europe. The nations of our continent acknowledge that the present method shouldn’t be working. There’s a rising recognition of the necessity for nearer cooperation and more durable motion to crack down on human traffickers,” Meloni and Sunak stated.
They claimed that the 2 nations work carefully collectively not solely on migration points but additionally in lots of different areas, including: “In truth, right this moment we’re two of the closest nations in Europe.”
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