Italy’s interior minister, Roberto Moroni, has voiced fears of an immigration tsunami caused by revolution in the Arab countries of the Mediterranean.
This brought Moroni’s counterparts from Greece, France, Spain, Cyprus and Malta, for a meeting in Rome to plan policy strategy and proposals. The six want a special European Union solidarity fund. All 27 EU interior ministers will meet this Thursday in Brussels.
Moroni said: “A humanitarian emergency risks carrying to the shores of our country 300,000 refugees. This humanitarian emergency cannot be left to our countries alone to handle.”
With the upheaval in Tunisia, even before Libya’s uprising, the Italian island of Lampadusa struggled to deal with a wave of 5,000 Tunisians.