Italy and the UK agreed on Saturday to jointly finance migrant repatriations from Tunisia, a step forward in Giorgia Meloni and Rishi Sunak’s common pledge to fight illegal migration.
The Italian premier’s office announced on Saturday that Italy and the United Kingdom have reached an agreement to fund a repatriation plan for migrants stuck in Tunisia, North Africa.
The Italian and British leaders reached a mutual agreement to jointly finance the initial voluntary repatriation initiative for migrants stranded in Tunisia, with assistance from the International Organization for Migration, in their home countries, according to a statement from the office of Giorgia Meloni.
If migrants stuck in Tunisia can be repatriated, that lessens the chance thy might proceed to Spain, or even, ultimately, Great Britain itself.
After the Italian premier and her British counterpart Rishi Sunak met in Rome, the agreement was disclosed. Sunak is in Rome to participate in a political festival organized by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party.
Together, they also met with Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania.
“After agreeing on the need to tackle in a more structured way illegal migration towards Europe, the leaders agreed to further intensify the collaboration among the three countries to combat human traffickers,” her office said.
Furthermore, on the basis of the progress made during the enlargement process of the European Union towards those nations, the three chiefs of government converged regarding the imperative of attaining a “definitive stabilization” for the Balkans.
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