Italy, Spanish aid group at odds over 1,000 migrants at sea
Spanish authorities have launched video of a few of the 569 migrants they rescued after they crossed the Mediterranean in 25 leaky dinghies and a canoe.
The migrants, regarded as primarily from North Africa, have been discovered Friday night time and into Saturday morning, Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service mentioned.
European Union leaders have been holding swiftly organized talks Sunday for casual discussions on the migration disaster and their rising rift over migrants and refugees, forward of a full EU summit that begins Thursday.
Whereas the variety of migrants arriving has dropped since its top in 2015 and 2016, when 2.5 million folks utilized for asylum within the EU, the continent is deeply divided on how to deal with the most important inflow of refugees and migrants because the Second World Struggle.
Going through a home political disaster in Germany over the subject, Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably be looking for to get EU leaders to forge a joint strategy to handle the inflow.
What began as talks between a half dozen leaders now includes about 16, as others demanded to participate.
On the coronary heart of the issue lies deep divisions over who ought to take accountability for arriving migrants, how lengthy they need to be required to accommodate them, and what ought to be achieved to assist these EU international locations hardest hit, like Italy and Greece.
Whereas authorities in Italy have been clamping down on the motion of individuals, Spain has taken a softer strategy because the new centre-left authorities of Pedro Sanchez got here to energy in early June.
Among the many most up-to-date arrivals, greater than 100 have been plucked from a wood raft heading from West Africa to the Canary Islands.
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