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Austria, Italy propose holding migrants on ships for days


  • World
  • Saturday, 15 Sep 2018

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria and Italy's far-right interior ministers suggested on Friday that the European Union hold migrants rescued at sea on ships for days while an initial screening of their chances of obtaining asylum is carried out.

Far-right parties like Italy's League and Austria's Freedom Party have long pushed for a system where migrants rescued while attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing be taken back to Africa rather than brought to Europe, where they can stay while their asylum claims are processed.

   

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