Italians first female prime minister Giorgia Melonshas on Tuesday in the Chamber of Deputies her government program presented. She made it clear that she Italians to defend national interests in Europe more strongly in the future and to stop illegal immigration. Meloni does not want to tolerate migrant boats.
Meloni wants to demand that the EU implement a naval blockade off North Africa. “Our intention is to revisit the original proposal of the EU’s ‘Sophia Naval Mission’, which in the third phase envisaged, of all things, blocking the departures of migrant ships from North Africa. This phase was never implemented,” explained Melons. She spoke out in favor of setting up hotspots on African territory, which would be managed by international organizations and in which asylum applications would be examined. This is intended to decide who has the right to be admitted to Europe and who does not.
The statements made by the Italian Prime Minister are a bad sign for civil sea rescuers in the Mediterranean. These regularly take in hundreds of migrants who get into distress at sea on their way from Libya or Tunisia to Italy. The “Humaity 1” of the organization SOS Humanity and the “Ocean Viking” of SOS Méditerranée are currently on the move there. So far they have taken more than 250 migrants on board.