Following a European Commission ruling in France’s favour there is no sign of a let-up in the immigration row between it and Italy ahead of their summit on the 26th of this month.
At the weekend the French blocked trains from Ventimiglia arriving in Menton, a fair decision says Brussels, and riot police have been checking the papers of anyone looking to be of Tunisian origin.
Italy has issued six-month travel permits to refugees from the strife in Tunisia, and several EU members claim it is a ploy to move on the migrants to other countries. Ventimiglia’s mayor says this is just the start.
“There are 520,000 Libyans on the border with Tunisia because of the war. And there are 720,000 on the border with Egypt. Do you think only one European country can resolve these kind of immigration problems?” said Gaetano Scullino.
Italy is one of the first destinations for African migrants, and EU rules say the arrival country must take responsibility. So the French send back to Italy anyone with little money or no passport. The Italians say they need more help, and the migrants are caught in the middle, with nowhere to go, and nothing to do.