UN calls for EU and Italy to end migrant stand-off

by International | 25-08-2018 | 673 views

After a meeting with EU states failed to find a solution to Italy's migration woes, the UN asked for a deal to be made. The UN refugee agency said EU states are "in a race to the bottom" to take the least responsibility. The United Nations refugee agency on Saturday called for European Union states to come to an agreement for 150 migrants who have spent more than a week confined to a rescue ship in the Sicilian port of Catania. A meeting between a dozen EU member states in Brussels on Friday to discuss what officials said was the broader issue of the disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea, failed to produce an immediate solution for the Diciotti migrants. 

Italy 'ready to reduce' EU funds Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has allowed 27 minors to disembark from the Dociotti at the port of Catania but put his foot down for the remaining adults on board. He has demanded other member states take the migrants in, going as far as threatening to withhold EU payments if assistance is not given. Germany's migrant transfer centers: What you need to know German Chancellor Angela Merkel was restrained in her response to Italy's threat on Saturday, saying only that discussions over the distribution of refugees were taking place in Brussels and "all the countries are also introducing their positions." 

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