Cabinet of Italy has approved a decree to tighten the sea rules for migrant rescue boats and announced to levy fine on ships entered in its boundaries without permission.
The emergency decree passed hours before the interior minister’s announcement about the closure of asylum seekers center in Sicily. The boats, which will enter into Italy’s waters illegally, will have to pay a fine from €10,000 to €50,000 for not following sea rules.
Italy is taking measures to stop migrants and it has closed down its ports for rescue boats. The government wants to stop NGO boats to be entered in Italian sea territory. The cabinet will send the bill to parliament for further approval.
A year ago, Italy has denied taking shelter hundreds of migrants, onboard on Aquarius boat. As a result, more than 1,151 people sink in water while 10,000 have to move back to Libya. According to charities MSF and SOS Mediterranee, the migrant’s figure is four times more than the previous year.
Italy has decided to close down the Mineo asylum camp after the asylum seekers number reduced from 2,526 to 152. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini revealed that many big migrant centers have closed and Mineo will close in July. He called it good news for locals referring to the killing of a couple in 2015 by an Ivorian migrant.
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