Germany reopens its doors: voluntary reception of migrants returning from Italy

Given the massive arrivals in Lampedusa, the German government wants to resume voluntarily welcoming migrants from Italy through the recently interrupted solidarity mechanism. The German Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, stated that voluntary reception procedures had been suspended because “Italy showed no willingness to take back people through the Dublin procedure.” However, she also added that they would fulfill their obligation of solidarity. Initially, Germany had promised to welcome 3,500 asylum seekers from heavily burdened southern European border countries. So far, only over 1,700 migrants have been transferred through the voluntary mechanism, including 1,043 from Italy. The transfer of migrants in Italy according to the Dublin Convention has been temporarily interrupted due to Italy accepting only 10 out of the 12,400 migrants that Germany expects to be returned. In France, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, has called for an extraordinary meeting on the Italian migration crisis. A first meeting was already held to discuss the situation in Lampedusa, attended by various relevant services and prefects from regions affected by the crisis.

La Germania riapre le porte: torna l’accoglienza volontaria dei migranti dall’Italia

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