Saturday, April 2, 2011

Berlusconi: The solution to repatriate immigrants from Lampedusa is

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has said that the "principal solution" to the thousands of Tunisian immigrants who have arrived in Lampedusa and south of the peninsula since the beginning of last year to repatriate. At the same time, has appealed to European solidarity to alleviate this "human tsunami" that can acquire "significant dimensions." 'Il Cavaliere' has also announced the opening of shelters around the specific borders for immigrants, some of which could be obtained, according to Berlusconi, the "residence permit allowing them to move freely in Europe." "It would be temporary licenses for those who want to start a family.

This would overcome the obstacles placed by countries like France to free movement within the Schengen area," added the Minister of Interior Alpine, Roberto Maroni. Maroni, a member of the Northern League, said that "will also be an instrument of pressure against a total denial of cooperation" from other European countries.

Emphasizing that the repatriations are "the main solution," Berlusconi will travel to Tunisia next Monday for talks with Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi. "We're going to persuade or force to maintain the commitments, in particular, to deter potential migrants to leave," said Maroni, who will accompany Berlusconi.

Rome Tunisian Government has granted an aid of 80 million euros for the purchase of equipment used to stop the influx of immigrants. It has also provided 150 million for the recovery of the Tunisian economy. Berlusconi has said it expected "greater pressure from the European Commission and announced that it has on its agenda a meeting with Prime Minister Jose Durao Barroso.

Since the beginning of the year and the fall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, nearly 20,000 Tunisians have arrived in Italy, especially the island of Lampedusa, compared with 4,000 immigrants accounted for the previous year.

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