EU must present ‘clear and adequately financed’ plan to handle Mediterranean migration routes – Italian PM — RT World News

The European Union needs to show a ‘clear and adequately financed’ plan to handle migration routes in the Mediterranean region, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has insisted.

Speaking on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming European Council meeting, the Italian PM said European countries must carry out obligations made in June to work with migrants’ countries of origin “with support measures and clear timings”.

Draghi claimed that Italy was encouraging a “truly European management of flows”earlier in the year, at the European Council and stated that the continent must be more committed to this end.

In June, the body stated that “in order to prevent loss of life and to reduce pressure on European borders, mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperation with countries of origin and transit will be intensified.”

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The statement of June 24 stated that the approach must address all routes into Europe and be focused on. “tackling root causes, supporting refugees and displaced persons in the region, building capacity for migration management… addressing legal migration while respecting national competences, as well as ensuring return and readmission”.

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686 migrants arrived overnight by boat on the south Italian island Lampedusa at the end of September. The island is one of the main landing points for migrants trying to gain entry to Italy and also Europe, and the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson has previously called on member states to act in solidarity with Rome and “support with relocation”.

According to data from the interior ministry, around 44,800 migrants arrived on Italy’s coasts from the beginning of 2021 to the end of September.

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