Call to screen res­cued asy­lum seek­ers at sea

Fiji Sun - - World News -

The right-wing in­te­rior min­is­ters of Aus­tria and Italy have called on the EU to hold res­cued mi­grants at sea un­til their asy­lum claims are pro­cessed.

Aus­tria’s Her­bert Kickl put for­ward the idea at an EU mi­gra­tion con­fer­ence in Vi­enna and his Ital­ian coun­ter­part, Mat­teo Salvini, sup­ported it. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of mi­grants try to reach the EU in risky sea cross­ings.

Mr Kickl said ships would use a “quick way” to clar­ify who was en­ti­tled to asy­lum but he did not give de­tails.

Mr Salvini is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Italy for re­fus­ing to let res­cued mi­grants dis­em­bark in Italy last month.

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