Italy, France call for EU migrant centres in Africa

Emmanuel Macron meets with workers at an industrial site in the Pays de la Loire region. His apology comes after he called Italian politicians 'cynical'

Emmanuel Macron meets with workers at an industrial site in the Pays de la Loire region. His apology comes after he called Italian politicians 'cynical'

Minister Gerard Collomb's statement on Saturday didn't say how numerous 630 migrants being transferred to Valencia, Spain, from the Aquarius and two Italian government boats might be allowed to come to France.

During a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Macron said "the proper response is European, but the existing European response is not adapted".

His comments were echoed by Macron, who told reporters he supported the idea of "branches of our asylum agencies to tackle this question on the other side" of the Mediterranean.

But Mr Macron and Mr Conte believe the rule provides a safety net for countries like Germany at the expense of southern European countries like Italy and Greece which receive the most asylum seekers and economic migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

"The concept itself of the state of first entry will be rethought".

Spanish authorities say they will examine the migrants case-by-case to see if they qualify for asylum according to the country's regulations.

They plan to make their mark at an European Union summit due to take place later this month during which politicians will mull possible changes to asylum law. Italy has been dealing with swelling numbers of arrivals the past two years after a Balkan route that led to a huge influx of refugees elsewhere in Europe in 2015 and 2016.

At the moment, the European Union migration system says that asylum seekers must apply for protection in the country they first arrive in within the European Union, with few exceptions - under a law known as the Dublin regulation.

But there are few signs that European leaders are anywhere near being ready to coordinate their policies despite a looming end-of-June deadline to change the EU's current asylum rules.

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On Wednesday, Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Austria and Italy should ally themselves with Germany to work at the interior minister level on security and immigration.

After Italy's new government used the ship to assert its anti-immigrant credentials, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in office for just over a week, took an opportunity to underline a more liberal stance.

Terms such as "axis" "have never brought us anything good in the past", Macron remarked, before suggesting that Salvini's links with fellow migration hardliners might be put to better use persuading them to help Italy deal with its arrivals.

'It's time for collective action, ' Macron said afterwards.

Speaking alongside Macron in Paris, Conte said the two had "fully clarified" their views and were in "perfect agreement".

Macron had accused Rome earlier this week of "cynicism and irresponsibility", sparking fury from Conte's government.

The acrimony was so bad that Italy summoned the French ambassador and cancelled a meeting between the two countries' economy ministers.

The French leader, who has taken a hard line on migration from African countries that are not at war, said Thursday that "none of his comments were meant to offend Italy and the Italian people".

Spain says that it has accepted an offer by the French government to take in some of hundreds of migrants set to arrive on the aid boat Aquarius.

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