German Interior Ministry Wants to Stop Migrants From Ever Reaching Europe’s Mediterranean Coast — Return Them To Africa — 2,200 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean on Saturday

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2,200 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean on Saturday

BERLIN — The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe’s Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style system under which migrants intercepted at sea are sent for processing at camps in third countries.

“The elimination of the prospect of reaching the European coast could convince migrants to avoid embarking on the life-threatening and costly journey in the first place,” the paper quoted a ministry spokeswoman as saying.

“The goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling organizations and to save migrants from the life-threatening journey.”

The ministry’s proposal calls for migrants picked up in the Mediterranean – most of whom set off from conflict-torn Libya – to be sent to Tunisia, Egypt or other north African states to apply for asylum from there.

If their asylum applications are accepted, the migrants could then be transported safely to Europe.

The ministry is headed by Thomas de Maiziere, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats. Merkel has been under fire for her open-door refugee policy, with her party losing votes to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in recent regional elections.

The ministry said there were no concrete plans or discussions at EU-level about the proposal, but opposition politicians condemned the plan.

Bernd Riexinger, head of the opposition Left party, said it would be “a humanitarian scandal and a further step toward elimination of the right to asylum,” the paper reported.

He said asylum applications should be filed in Germany to ensure applicants had access to legal help and he called Australia’s treatment of migrants “absolutely unacceptable”.

More than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean in a single day on Saturday and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy’s coast guard said.

The International Organization for Migration said last week that 159,496 people had reach Italy by sea this year and 4,220 died trying – a sharp increase from 3,777 in the whole of 2015.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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2,200 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean on Saturday

November 05, 2016
According to the International Organization for Migration more than 4,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far this year (file photo).

According to the International Organization for Migration more than 4,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far this year (file photo).

Italy says more than 2,200 migrants have been rescued on the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach Europe, with 10 bodies also being recovered.

The Italian Coast Guard said the migrants were taken on November 5 from 13 rubber dinghies, two small boats, and one large vessel in 16 separate rescue operations.

A Spanish naval vessel and several ships operated by NGOs also took part in the rescues.

All of the 10 fatalities were found in the same dinghy.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said this week that 4,220 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far this year, compared with 3,777 all last year.

The IOM said some 159,000 people have reached Italy by sea this year.

The majority of the migrants come from Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa

http://www.rferl.org/a/migrants-mediterranean-2200-rescued-italian-coastguard/28099043.html

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2 Responses to “German Interior Ministry Wants to Stop Migrants From Ever Reaching Europe’s Mediterranean Coast — Return Them To Africa — 2,200 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean on Saturday”

  1. German Interior Ministry Wants to Stop Migrants From Ever Reaching Europe’s Mediterranean Coast — Return Them To Africa — 2,200 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean on Saturday — Peace and Freedom | Brittius Says:

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