EU to take in rescued migrants

The European Union says it will take in migrants rescued off Libya and the 65 will be relocated to other parts of the EU.

Malta has since allowed a group of 65 migrants rescued disembark on its territory.

This came after they were picked up from a rescue ship and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says after engagements with European Commission and German government, all 65 would be relocated to other parts of the EU.

The migrants were transferred to the Maltese navy from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship.

Italian Interior Minister was left angry after two other rescue ships defied a ban by docking in Italy in recent days.

Italy is known for its hard-line stance on migrants.

Sea-Eye has called the EU leaders to find a more permanent solution to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

Fifty more migrants were also rescued from a sinking vessel in distress on Sunday during a separate incident.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said his country will take up to 40 of the migrants from the two vessels and attacked his Italian counterpart saying : “We cannot be responsible for boats with people rescued from shipwrecks on board spending weeks on the Mediterranean because they can’t find a port.”

This however provoked an angry reaction from Salvini who said:

“Dear German government. I’m not reopening the ports… If anything we’re going to put… [the migrants] in a car and take them to the German embassy.”

Italy is often the closest EU nation when migrants are rescued off the coast of Libya – which many organisations do not consider safe.

Libya has been war torn since leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.

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