The flow neither stops nor stops. Also in mid-September, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented a ten-point plan in Lampedusa with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. They must deal with the migration crisis. Two months later, the island was hit by a new wave of boats carrying illegal immigrants. More than 1,400 illegal immigrants have been stranded in 35 boats on the small island in the last 24 hours.
Where is Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s first Prime Minister, who promised to stop immigration before the elections?
The island had already been hit by mass migration in September. For the Fratelli d’Italia leader, who won parliamentary elections a year ago with a promise of a naval blockade against migrants, the mass arrivals in Lampedusa are deeply damaging to his image. After all, the politician won last year largely on the back of his promise to tackle illegal migration. His voters believed this, because Meloni had as his closest ally the former interior minister and Lega leader Matteo Salvini, who slowed migrant arrivals with his “closed ports policy” from 2018 to 2019. But this trend did not continue. Since Meloni came to power, the number of migrant arrivals has doubled.
146,000 migrants have reached Italy since the beginning of the year. After the September attacks, there is no end in sight. Since late September, Meloni’s reputation as a determined fighter against the “invasion from Africa” has been tarnished. The last 24 hours have made the situation even worse.
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