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Italy authorizes the landing of the 182 migrants of the ‘Ocean Viking’ in Sicily

September 23, 2019


The Italian authorities have authorized the disembarkation in Sicily of the 182 migrants and refugees who are on board the 'Ocean Viking', the two NGOs responsible for this rescue ship, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranée have reported this Monday morning .

“The Italian maritime authorities have assigned Messina as a safe place for the 182 survivors on board,” the organizations have announced, who see in this permit “a sign of hope” to achieve a policy change within the European Union.

The Italian Government had already allowed another landing of the 'Ocean Viking', in an evident turn of the policy that it had maintained during the last year and a half. Thus concludes the doctrine of “closed ports” promoted by the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, which accuses NGOs of promoting human trafficking.

“The Government of treason opens its doors to another NGO. The Italians will not forget it,” Salvini proclaimed on Monday on Twitter, from where he has claimed “shame” against the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.

Malta will host on Monday precisely a meeting between representatives of Italy, France, Germany, the European Commission and Finland – acting as president of the bloc – to move forward in some kind of agreement on immigration policy.