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Situation on Lampedusa Unsustainable, EU Must Step in – Urso

Made in Italy minister visits hotspot during holiday on island

(ANSA) – ROME, AUG 27 – The migrant situation on Lampedusa has become unsustainable and the European Union EU) needs to step in, Business and Made in Italy Minister Adolfo Urso said on Sunday.

“The situation in Lampedusa is there for all to see, but it is Europe that must help Italy to best manage it,” Urso told reporters following a visit to the hotspot in Contrada Imbriacola and Favarolo quay, where the majority of migrants and refugees arriving on the tiny Sicilian island are disembarked.

“The situation here is unsustainable, and solutions must be found to reduce (the number of arrivals) on the one hand and to further strengthen the existing provisions (to manage them) on the other,” he added.

The quay at Favarolo is littered with fuel canisters removed from abandoned migrant boats, clothes, shoes and thermal blankets, while in the water small boats are amassed pending disposal. (ANSA).

Source: Ansa