Italy's state of emergency decision 'may lead to the death of more immigrants'

2023-04-25 11:32:21 | Last Update : 2023-04-25 11:52:36

Considering the stance of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on irregular migration, experts warned that the Italian government's declaration of a state of emergency on April 11, in the face of a sharp influx, "may lead to the death of more immigrants in the Mediterranean."

Italy's state of emergency decision 'may lead to the death of more immigrants'

Italy is one of the main destination for people trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach European shores.

About 34,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year, compared to 8,400 in the same period last year.

ITALY IS STRENGTHENING ITS POLICY AGAINST IMMIGRANTS

On April 11, Italy announced that it had declared a six-month "state of emergency" to deal with the increase in the number of migrants arriving in the country via the Mediterranean.

The latest flow of irregular migrants to Italy via the Mediterranean has increased after the coronavirus outbreak caused panic across Europe.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's "Brothers of Italy" party came to government last year with promises to boost the country's declining birth rate and reduce immigration to Italy.

'STATE OF EMERGENCY MAY LEAD TO THE DEATH OF MORE MIGRATION'

A senior expert on migration studies warned that the declaration of the state of emergency was not a "surprise" given that "Italy is exposed to more flows than any other European country and Meloni's stance on irregular migration".

Speaking to Anadolu, Ali Zafer Sagıroglu from Yıldırım Beyazıt University said that "Italy suspended many national and international norms regarding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers with the declaration of the State of Emergency".

"For example, the procedure to investigate whether landowners are eligible to apply for asylum has been suspended," he said, warning that "this could endanger the lives of many people."

It is feared that harsh policies towards immigrants, such as the state of emergency, could fuel "xenophobia" and "anti-immigrant" tendencies.

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