The Strategist

Italian authorities introduce six-month state of emergency because of migration crisis

04/12/2023 - 11:15

According to the ANSA news agency, the Italian government has imposed a six-month state of emergency (ES) because of the surge in migrants using the Mediterranean route. Nello Musumeci, Minister of Civil Protection and Maritime Policy, offered the recommendation that led to the decision. €5 million will be set aside to fight the crisis.

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Migrants are anticipated to be welcomed "in a short time in compliance with the appropriate standards" in an emergency situation. Additionally, structures for the repatriation of those who are ineligible to remain in Italy are expected to be strengthened and expanded, according to ANSA sources.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said, "We decided to proclaim a state of emergency with regard to immigration in order to respond more effectively and in a timely manner to regulate the flows." Over than 30 thousand migrants have entered Italy by sea since the year's beginning, more than four times as many as in the previous year, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

685,000 migrants who are currently living in Libya are expected to sail across the Mediterranean Sea toward Italy, according to estimates made by Italian security agencies as of mid-March.