Italy refuses to accept refugee ship

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 Italy refused to accept a ship with refugees on board

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A migrant rescue ship with 234 migrants on board left for France on Tuesday after Italy denied it a mooring permit, Reuters writes.

The new prime minister Italian Minister Giorgia Meloni is trying to suppress migration across the Mediterranean. Her two-week government ordered charity ships to take the rescued people to other countries.

“After Italy's silence, we ask the French maritime authorities to allocate a port for the 234 OceanViking survivors,” — French charity SOS Mediterranee said, noting that many migrants have been at sea for 18 days.

The situation has “reached its limits,” SOS Mediterranee spokesman Alessandro Porro said in a statement, adding that Ocean Viking must reached international waters off the French island of Corsica on Thursday.

Italy has seen a sharp rise in migrant arrivals this year, with almost 88,700 arrivals in 2022, up from 56,500 in the same period, according to official figures. last year. About 15% of them were picked up by charity boats.

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