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Germany to accept 500 migrants per month

Image of migrants and refugees arriving at the Salerno harbour, Italy on 23 October 2016 [Alessio Paduano /Anadolu]
Image of migrants and refugees arriving at the Salerno harbour in Italy on 23 October 2016 [Alessio Paduano /Anadolu]

Germany is going to accept 500 migrants a month, it has been revealed by Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Manetti. The migrants will be from among those who can’t stay in Italy, Anadolu has reported.

The German quota was announced during a meeting in Rome between the interior ministers of European and North African states held to discuss the issue of mass migration across the Mediterranean Sea. Manetti described the German move as an indication of the “rapprochement” between Rome and Berlin on the migrant issue.

Read: 16,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Italy this year

No date for the start of the deal with Berlin was revealed. However, according to Manetti, Austria and Switzerland have also promised to accept some of the migrants already in Italy.

The ministers decided to form a task group to stay in permanent contact to deal with the challenge of the influx of migrants. On Tuesday, a report for the Italian interior ministry said that 19,582 illegal migrants had arrived in Italy since the start of this year, a 31.88 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

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