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Italy NGO policy unlikely to deter migrants

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Significance

They focus predominantly on restricting the number of rescues that vessels operated by NGOs can perform during a single deployment at sea. The government hopes that the legislation will make the Libyan authorities intercept more migrants as well as deterring people from trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Impacts

  • Italy will not put pressure on other EU countries to relocate migrants, reducing the prospect of bilateral tensions.
  • In addition to collaboration on migration, Rome will seek to bolster energy cooperation with North African countries.
  • The surge and salience of irregular migrants reaching Europe will bolster the electoral prospects of right-wing parties.

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