Estonia allocates million euros to reduce migration flow in Mediterranean
The government of Italy has earmarked one million euros for aiding to cut massive migration flow from Libya to the European Union.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that according to the decision made on Monday, July 3, the money will come from state reserves and will be paid to the European Union’s Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which in cooperation with Libya, its neighbouring countries, and international organisations provides help to regain control over the EU’s external borders, to break the business models of human traffickers, and to avoid the deepening of the humanitarian crisis in Italy.
The Estonian government evaluated in a press release that the migration route in the central part of the Mediterranean was still in a critical situation. Reportedly, the government of Italy has warned the European Union in June that the country may stop foreign ships from unloading migrants at Italian ports, because the migrant situation in Italy is deemed to be unsustainable.
Although the Italian coastguard takes the lead in co-ordinating rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, but many of the vessels run by non-profit groups sail under the flags of other countries, including EU member states Germany and Malta. Over 73,000 migrants have reached in Italy in 2017, which is an increase of 14% on the same period in 2016.