Following the arrival of thousands of migrants in Italy, the country’s government officials announced Wednesday that it might begin prohibiting NGO ships from delivering additional refugees to Italy.
An Italian official who requested anonymity told Reuters, “Italy has reached a saturation point.”
According to the EU Observer, more than 12,000 refugees have arrived in Italy in the past five days. The country is facing the challenge of accommodating such a large number of migrants in a short period.
EU’s Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos posted a tweet Wednesday noting that the other EU states “must deliver” assistance to Italy due to the large number of refugees entering the country.
In the past year, approximately 82,000 refugees have arrived in Italy, according to U.N. statistics.
Despite the EU’s efforts to redistribute refugees throughout its member states, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have refused to accept asylum seekers.
— DimitrisAvramopoulos (@Avramopoulos) June 28, 2017
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