The wave of immigrants that presses from the Mediterranean to Italy is expected to double. The warning comes from the Austrian Government on the eve of a bilateral meeting between the Interior Minister of Vienna and Angelino Alfano .
“The number of immigrants across the Mediterranean to Italy could double from 150 thousand to 300 thousand this year,” said the Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner interviewed by the Austrian APA .
It is not about refugees fleeing the war. “Along this route do not come Syrians but people from North Africa who are not entitled to asylum,” he said the Austrian minister warned the Italian government that they can not count on the fact that the Brenner remains open if you get to uncontrolled flows.
The Austrian government is negotiating with Brussels for the temporary suspension of the Schengen agreement and the reintroduction of controls along the border with Italy. It is news these days back at the border of the Brenner immigrants who are sent back to Italy. “As done with the countries of the Balkan route, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia, we also want to inform Italy of the measures that we undertake, whether there will be an uncontrolled flow of migrants from Italy,” he clearly said the minister. Not only that, Vienna wants to inquire in Rome on how Italy is preparing to protect the borders in the event of an increase in the flow of migrants on its shores, even asking account the capabilities of the hotspots set up in the south of the country, and the need for help in the field. “Where there are new migration routes, countries need to be supported, he said.