Business Standard

Salvini hails migrant rescue ship's arrival in Spain

Social Issues


Milan, Dec 29 (IANS/AKI) Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini on Friday welcomed a charity rescue boat's arrival at the southern Spanish port of Algecircas with 310 migrants aboard who had spent a week stranded in the Mediterranean.

"The NGO Open Arms has docked in Spain with 310 illegal immigrants on board. Mission accomplished," Salvini wrote on social media.

Most of the migrants are African and were picked up off the Libyan coast, where Proactiva Open Arms and two other charities said last month they were launching a joint rescue operation for migrants.

Several European countries including Malta and Italy had refused entry to the Proactiva Open Arms vessel although a mother and her newborn baby were taken by helicopter to Malta.

Since taking office in June, Salvini, who is also deputy premier, has taken a tough line against migrants and has closed Italy's ports to rescue vessels, demanding that other European Union countries help out.

Over 700,000 migrants have landed in Italy since 2014, fleeing poverty and conflict in their homelands.



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sat, December 29 2018. 05:38 IST