Es­to­nia al­lo­cates mil­lion eu­ros to re­duce mi­gra­tion flow in Mediter­ranean

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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.

AFP/SCANPIX

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