EU emergency council convened for refugee issues within the Mediterranean

The European Union has convened an emergency assembly of inside ministers to debate migration.

There may be rising concern within the bloc following a latest diplomatic row between France and Italy over the Ocean Viking ship, in addition to the arrival of 450 migrants on the Greek island of Crete.

The Cypriot inside minister was considered one of many politicians to voice his considerations.

“We’re seeing that smugglers are adopting new strategies and means. Now they use massive non-public boats and business vessels to move migrants,” mentioned Nicos Nouris.

“We consider this can be a harmful tactic and we’re speaking about numerous folks. Truthfully, I do not know the way the Mediterranean nations will handle to deal with this new risk,” he defined.

A diplomatic row erupted earlier this month when Italy compelled France to just accept a humanitarian rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, with 234 migrants on board.

France reacted by suspending its participation in an EU solidarity pact to just accept 3,000 individuals who had arrived in Italy this yr and has despatched brokers to harden its southern border crossings and forestall the entry of migrants.

EU residence affairs ministers are to carry emergency talks on Friday in a bid to discover a everlasting answer.

On the agenda is a proposal to vary the asylum software course of so {that a} refugee submits an software to the embassy of the nation the place he desires to reside.

Southern Mediterranean nations additionally need member states to begin taking in additional refugees.

Member States have thus far supplied to welcome fewer than 2,000 of the 160,000 migrants who arrive on European shores annually.

For years, member nations have debated who ought to take duty for these arriving and whether or not companion nations ought to be obliged to assist.

Unable to agree, nations have tried to externalize the issue by making offers with North African nations akin to Libya.

EU nations and the Fee have additionally rejected any makes an attempt to arrange a concerted search and rescue mission to sort out the issue, arguing such a scheme would solely entice extra folks.