Italy closes its doors to illegal immigrants

Rome

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo said Italy no longer had a place for illegal immigrants. This was conveyed during a visit to Tunisia, a place where illegal migrants cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

Reported AFPOn Tuesday (18/8/2020), after meeting with Tunisian President Kayes Sayed, the top Italian diplomat said Rome was “ready to provide Tunisia with the necessary assistance” in the fight against illegal immigration.

But he stressed that “there is no place for those who come to Italy illegally”, according to a statement from the Tunisian presidency.

In recent months, Italy has struggled to cope with the daily arrival of hundreds of migrants on its southern coast. The task is complicated by the security measures introduced during the Corona virus epidemic.

The Italian Interior Ministry says the arrival of groups of migrants in Italy has increased by nearly 150 percent in the last year. Most of them came by boat from Tunisia.

The visit to Tunisia was also attended by Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorguese, European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varheli and Interior Commissioner Ilva Johnson.