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Italy: Hundreds of migrants stranded at French-Italian border00:48

Italy: Hundreds of migrants stranded at French-Italian border

Italy, Ventimiglia
June 15, 2015 at 08:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 200 migrants were stranded in Ventimiglia, near the Italian-French border, after French customs closed the border, refusing to let the people enter for the fourth day in a row on Monday. In response, the migrants have organised sit-ins and hunger strikes.

Many of the waiting migrants are from Sudan, Libya and Eritrea and are now staying in make-shift camps along the shoreline, with little more than emergency blankets for cover. They refuse to register with Italian authorities, because many want to travel on to other countries where families or friends live.

France refuses to accept the refugees, referring to EU's Dublin Regulation, which states that the country asylum seekers enter first is responsible for examining the asylum request. Due to Italy's geographical location, many undocumented migrants enter Europe through Italy. A record 1,439 migrants were intercepted by French border authorities in the past week, with 1,097 deported to Italy.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned other EU countries that if they fail to provide appropriate support then Italy would have a plan B, which "would be a wound inflicted on Europe."

Italy: Hundreds of migrants stranded at French-Italian border00:48
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At least 200 migrants were stranded in Ventimiglia, near the Italian-French border, after French customs closed the border, refusing to let the people enter for the fourth day in a row on Monday. In response, the migrants have organised sit-ins and hunger strikes.

Many of the waiting migrants are from Sudan, Libya and Eritrea and are now staying in make-shift camps along the shoreline, with little more than emergency blankets for cover. They refuse to register with Italian authorities, because many want to travel on to other countries where families or friends live.

France refuses to accept the refugees, referring to EU's Dublin Regulation, which states that the country asylum seekers enter first is responsible for examining the asylum request. Due to Italy's geographical location, many undocumented migrants enter Europe through Italy. A record 1,439 migrants were intercepted by French border authorities in the past week, with 1,097 deported to Italy.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned other EU countries that if they fail to provide appropriate support then Italy would have a plan B, which "would be a wound inflicted on Europe."

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