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France, Germany, Italy unite to curb entry of refugees

July 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Libyan Coast Guards rescue refugees in Mediterranean Sea on 15 June 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]

France, Germany and Italy have agreed to provide more financial assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard and to develop a code of conduct for relief organisations that are working to save refugees in order to reduce the flow of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean.

The decision came during a meeting held by the interior ministers of the three countries and the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, in Paris on Sunday, the French interior ministry said in a statement yesterday.

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According to the statement, the proposals, which will be submitted to the EU’s 28 member states this weekend also aim at strengthening the EU’s strategy to reduce the flow of migrants and speed up the European mechanism to redistribute refugees and migrants arriving in Italy and Greece to other countries.


The statement said the three countries have also agreed to discuss ways to strengthen control over Libya’s southern borders to curb illegal migration in close coordination with neighbouring countries and Italy.

Training and financial support will also be provided to the Libyan Coast Guard.