The new interior minister will use Salvini’s decrees to stop migrant boats

Italy’s new interior minister has announced that he will seek to stop NGO migrant taxi boats ferrying illegal aliens to Italy, saying he will use decrees previously put in place by populist League leader Matteo Salvini when he was in office.

Matteo Piantedosi launched a directive against two migrant NGO “taxi” ships, the Humanity 1 and Ocean Vikingbased on the security decrees introduced by Lega leader Matteo Salvini in 2018-19 when he was interior minister, which were credited with reducing illegal immigration to Italy and drownings at sea during his tenure.

The directive targeting the two NGO ships argues that the NGOs’ behavior is not “in line with the spirit of European and Italian rules on border security and control and the fight against illegal immigration,” the newspaper Il Giornale References.

Specifically, Piantedosi says Germany and Norway, where the Humanity 1 and Ocean Viking are highlighted, it should be required to accept the migrants that the ships pick up, not Italy.

Earlier this week, Minister Piantedosi expressed his desire to stop the activities of migrant NGO “taxi” that pick up migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and bring them to Italy, instead of much closer African ports.

He said he would work with Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani to communicate with Germany and Norway about its activities Humanity 1 and Ocean Viking.

“I wanted to strike a blow to confirm a principle: the responsibility of the flag states of a ship. Does this principle apply only to Italy and not to Germany and Norway?’ Piandossi asked.

Salvini, who now serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure in the new government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, praised the actions of Piantedosi, who served as Salvini’s right-hand man in 2018 and 2019.

“A message to human traffickers and their accomplices: according to the centre-right’s electoral platform, Italy will no longer tolerate the operations of illegal immigration and out-of-control landings. Foreign NGOs should act accordingly,” Salvini said he said on Twitter on Thursday.

Italy has seen an increase in illegal immigrant arrivals this year, with over 77,000 illegals entering Italian territory. At least 10,000 of them have been brought into the country by migrant taxi NGOs operating in the Central Mediterranean.

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