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Germany to Italy: “Open your ports to the 3rd world!”

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Germany to Italy: “Open your ports to the 3rd world!” – Voice of Europe

Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer has called on his counterpart in Italy, Matteo Salvini, to reopen the country’s ports to migrant transport vessels as NGOs increase their people-trafficking operations off the Libyan coast. Seehofer, an open borders politician, has asked Italy’s national populist interior minister why he has closed his country’s ports when most of the migrants eventually end up docking and disembarking regardless, Il Giornale reports.

Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer has called on his counterpart in Italy, Matteo Salvini, to reopen the country’s ports to migrant transport vessels as NGOs increase their people-trafficking operations off the Libyan coast.

Seehofer, an open borders politician, has asked Italy’s national populist interior minister why he has closed his country’s ports when most of the migrants eventually end up docking and disembarking regardless, Il Giornale reports.

“I want to avoid the same pattern being repeated every time, with a ship with migrants waiting for eight or 14 days in front of Italy’s coasts and Salvini who does not want them to go ashore. But it always ends up docking anyway, either because migrants collapse, get sick, or there are pregnant women,” the German interior minister said.

Seehofer’s comments come on the heels of an agreement that was reached between the EU and Italy on Wednesday which allowed migrants on board of an Italian coastguard vessel to disembark at an Italian port so long as they would be relocated to other EU member states.

In response to his German counterpart’s words, Matteo Salvini said, “We are not opening anything, the ports remain closed,” adding “We are not the refugee camp in Europe.”

Salvini’s defiant words echo statements he made while responding to French President Emmanuel Macron after Macron condemned him for not showing up to a conference on migration Paris.

“Italy will not be your refugee camp… There is the port of Marseille, don’t come and put pressure on us. If you expect us to sign a document where ships arrive in Italy, you are wrong. Italians are no longer going to be anyone’s slaves,” Salvini retorted.

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