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Ursula von der Leyen and Giorgia Meloni visit Lampedusa following migrant boat worries

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, visited a migrant processing center on the Italian island of Lampedusa after the country’s prime minister requested EU assistance with small boat landings.

almost the last three days, almost 8,000 migrants have arrived on the island.

Italy is being put under “unsustainable pressure,” according to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Ms von der Leyen admitted on Sunday that the problem is “a European challenge that requires a European response.”

During a press conference with Ms Meloni, she commended the residents of Lampedusa for their assistance to refugees who had come on the island “simply because of its location.”

She promised to strengthen support for migrant transfers out of Lampedusa, as well as to scale up measures against people traffickers who facilitate risky and unlawful voyages.

Ms Meloni stated that Italy could not fix the situation on its own. It was currently affecting “the borders, the border countries,” but she predicted that it will eventually touch all EU member states.

“The future of Europe depends on its ability to confront epoch-making challenges of our time, and illegal immigration is unquestionably one of them.”

A newborn baby’s body was retrieved from a migrant boat on Saturday.

According to the Ansa news agency, the mother gave birth while traveling from North Africa, and her death is being examined.

According to Italian media, the child’s body was placed in a white casket and brought to a cemetery in Lampedusa’s Imbriacola district.

A five-month-old infant boy drowned earlier this week during a rescue effort off the island when a boat carrying migrants from North Africa collapsed.

Ms Meloni is advocating for a naval blockade of the Mediterranean to prevent vessels from reaching Italian shores.


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