EU international locations take migrants after Mediterranean stand-off



Rescued migrants rest on the migrant rescue ship Picture copyright
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Migrants relaxation on the rescue ship Alan Kurdi

4 European Union international locations have agreed to absorb 64 African migrants who had been rescued after being stranded at sea for nearly two weeks.

The Alan Kurdi ship, operated by the German humanitarian group Sea-Eye, had been refused entry by Italy and Malta.

Each international locations had mentioned it was Libya’s duty, Sea-Eye had claimed.

However on Saturday the Maltese authorities introduced that the migrants will likely be redistributed amongst Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg.

“Not one of the migrants will stay in Malta. The ship Alan Kurdi is not going to be allowed to enter Malta,” the federal government mentioned in a press release.

The settlement had come by the co-ordination of the European Fee, it added.

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Two migrants had already been evacuated to Malta after falling in poor health on the German ship, named after the three-year previous boy who drowned as his household fled the battle in Syria.

“As soon as once more the smallest member of the European Union was put beneath pointless strain, being requested to resolve a case which was neither its duty nor its remit,” the Maltese authorities mentioned.

“An answer was present in order to not let the state of affairs deteriorate additional whereas making it clear Malta can not hold shouldering this burden.”

Three teenage migrants had been charged in Malta final month after “hijacking” an oil tanker that had rescued them.

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