The Ministers for Home Affairs of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area meet today in Brussels to discuss the situation on all migratory routes to and within Europe and measures to adopt. after a diplomatic dispute between Italy and France triggered by the Italian refusal to accommodate a humanitarian rescue ship. Portugal is represented by the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Patrícia Gaspar. Borne.The recent refusal of the new Italian Government to accommodate the humanitarian ship ‘Ocean Viking’ of the non-governmental organization (NGO) SOS Médit erranée, with more than 200 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean on board, once again opened the discussion on migration issues within the EU. diplomacy between Paris and Rome, with the French authorities calling for “European initiatives” for “better control of the external borders [of the EU] and solidarity mechanisms”.At today’s meeting, along with the new Pact on Matters on Migration and Asylum — which the European Commission presented on September 23, 2020 -, a recent action plan will be discussed that includes 20 concrete measures to respond to the challenges of the Central Mediterranean route, which includes Italy, and to achieve joint responses in the face of a generalized increase in migratory flows.The Asylum Policy is the way in which the EU organizes the Member States’ capacity to respond to migrants who arrive at the EU’s external borders and seek asylum.Itál ia is covered by the so-called Central Mediterranean route, one of the deadliest migration routes, which leaves Libya, Algeria and Tunisia towards Europe, namely the Italian and Maltese territories. More than 50,000 people have died since 2014 on migratory routes, a large part to try to reach Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) advanced on Wednesday. More than half of the 50,000 deaths documented by the IOM took place on routes to and within Europe, with the Mediterranean Sea claiming at least 25,104 lives. (RM-NM) Source: Rádio Moçambique Online

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