Italian Minister Says Migratory Crisis Threatens European Unity
Rome, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said that the migration phenomenon is a threat to European unity, in an interview published today by Corriere della Sera newspaper.
'If we do not know how to solve this -he said- we will lose much of our political, social, democratic and economic achievements.'
He added that it would be the collapse and the beginning of a dark era based on racism, nationalism, petty selfishness, xenophobia and self-destruction.
In line with the policy of the current Italian government, the minister opposed the walls and treatment of unaccompanied minor immigrants as criminals but defended the need to strengthen border controls, with a clear reception criteria.
He warned that the anarchy and lack of coordination to control the migration phenomenon contribute to the development of currents contrary to European integration in several countries of the region.
'It feeds Le Pen in France, brings water to the neo-Nazi mill in Germany, causes populist discontent in Italy and not only among us,' he said.
Since his appointment as Interior Minister only three months ago, Minniti is a central figure in negotiations with Libya, Tunisia and other countries in managing agreements to act jointly in confronting the irregular flow of migrants and human trafficking.
In that sense, he reiterated that, because of its magnitude and characteristics, the management of the migratory issue must be undertaken with a European approach and announced in this regard a meeting here in Rome between representatives of the governments of Italy, France and Germany and the North African nations.
In addition to the recently signed agreement with Libya, the main starting point for illegal immigrants to Italy through the Central Mediterranean, he added that also others are being concluded with Niger and Ethiopia.
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