France will not welcome immigrants from Lampedusa if they do not meet asylum criteria and will help Italy with their deportation, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. Poland rejects its relocation, among other EU countries.
France will help Italy deport those who do not qualify for political asylum. According to the French Interior Minister, 60% of those who have recently arrived in Lampedusa come from French-speaking African countries such as Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal and Tunisia and he points out that these countries are considered relatively safe to send their citizens back to home. Several EU countries directly or indirectly refused to welcome migrants who arrived in Italy. On Tuesday, the Polish government adopted a resolution expressing its opposition to illegal immigration.
“We also want to send a clear warning signal, because Lampedusa is one of those alerts. All of Europe, the entire European Union, can look like Lampedusa if we make the same mistakes and reproduce the mechanisms proposed by the European Commission,” highlighted the first Polish Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Polish Executive rejected the proposal of the president of the European Comission, Ursula von der Leyen, on the relocation of immigrants. The Executive considers that it is a stimulus for human trafficking. In fact, Poles will have to vote during the next elections if they support the admission of thousands of immigrants, their government asks.
Morawiecki proposes a “secure borders plan” that would include “reforming” the European External Border Agency (Frontex) and “increasing the budget of funds for the development of countries bordering the European Union.”
For his part, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk commented today on Polish public radio about the situation on the Italian island of Lampedusa, located between Malta and the coast of Tunisia, where they have arrived in recent days by sea. about 8,000 people from African countries.
The deputy minister assured that “someone is helping these people to cross hundreds, thousands of kilometers from Nigeria and the countries of Central Africa to the Mediterranean Sea, someone is helping them travel, someone who has an interest in this, and without a doubt it is Russia “.
In Mularczyk’s opinion, “behind this situation is clearly (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, whose objective is to destabilize the situation. Both the Wagner group and Russia have an interest in destabilizing the countries of Western Europe to create confusion, unrest, alarm social and to divert attention from Ukraine, which they are achieving, because today the war is taking a backseat”