630 migrants stranded on rescue ship set foot in Spain

Leroy Wright
June 21, 2018

After days of bickering and food and water running low on the ship, Spain stepped in and granted the rescue boat entry with a plan called "Operation Mediterranean Hope".

On Sunday, 60 activists who marched from the French-Italian border town of Ventimiglia - a bottleneck for migrants travelling north - arrived in Paris where they joined around 2,000 protestors at a rally calling on Europe to do more to welcome migrants and refugees.

"Despite MSF's concerns about the humanitarian and medical impact of the sea journey to Valencia, the Italian authorities instructed Aquarius on 12 June to transfer 524 people back to Italian ships and embark with the remaining 106 rescued on a four-day journey to Spain".

The Aquarius, operated by Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee Sea, and another Italian government boat with migrants will dock in Valencia in the next few hours.

Macron is under pressure to close down migration routes from Africa amid strong anti-immigration sentiment in his country.

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"So people are in a bad state..., and they are really relieved to come on safe land at the moment".

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While migrants from Africa have often dominated political debate in Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has turned his attention to the country's Roma people.

In total so far, there were 31 different nationalities represented, with the largest numbers of people coming from the Sudan, Algeria, Eritrea and Nigeria, according to Spanish authorities. Another Italian navy ship with the rest of the migrants from the Aquarius will arrive later.

The boatload of migrants that was forced to spend days crossing the western Mediterranean includes 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 children and as many as seven pregnant women, according to Valencia's regional authorities.

Abalos said the Spanish government "will act within the law and with a message to Europe that it doesn't have an immigration policy up to the challenge at hand". Malta also sent it away.

They also demanded "profound" changes to the European Union asylum rules which put the migrant burden on their country of entry to Europe - mainly Italy and Greece.

Some 600,000 rescued migrants have arrived in Italy in recent years. The insistence of the new Italian government, led by the League and the Five Star Movement, to curb the arrival of migrants and asylum seekers has already rocked relations with France, which on Saturday offered to help Spain take the migrants. Spain's maritime rescue service pulled 1,290 people from several dozen smuggling boats near the Strait of Gibraltar and the Canary Islands from Friday through Sunday.

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