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Europe must share burden of migration: Conte

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Strasbourg, Feb 13 (IANS/AKI) must take shared responsibility for handling the influx of boat migrants to the bloc - as leaders agreed at a summit in June last year, Italian said.

"Migration can't be managed single-handedly. We need joint efforts as was concluded at the meeting last June," told the in on Tuesday.

The EU is under an "illusion" to think that the issue of migration can be solved by boosting its coastguard and external borders agency Frontex, argued.

"The management of migration needs to be decoupled from the illusion that we can fix the problem by protecting the EU's maritime borders with massive expenditure on thousands more agents at a further cost to front-line states, whose security this would also impact," he said.

Despite a dramatic fall in the number of migrants arriving in last year, hundreds were stranded in the for days upon weeks after controversially refused to allow them ashore until other states agreed to shelter them.

The number of migrants entering the EU last year fell by a quarter compared with 2017 to an estimated 150,000, the lowest level in five years, according to

The total migrant arrivals in 2018 was also 92% below the peak of the migration crisis in 2015.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 07:02 IST
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