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Austria tells Italy to keep migrants off mainland
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP
AFP firstname.lastname@example.org @thelocalitaly 21 July 2017 09:21 CEST
Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz called on Italy Thursday to stop migrants from reaching the mainland by halting the ferry services from the islands where they first land.
Kurz said he had told his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano that “rescue missions in the Mediterranean cannot be seen as a ticket to central Europe”, on the sidelines of an OSCE meeting in Vienna.
“We hope that ferry services for illegal migrants will be halted between Italian islands like Lampedusa and the Italian mainland,” Kurz said.
“If people are quickly brought to the mainland from the islands and then continue to trek north, this will not only increasingly put pressure on central Europe but also encourage more migrants to set off” to reach the continent, he added.