Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel “Diciotti” following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on June 12, 2018, he would go to Libya — the launchpad for many migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East — by the end of the month. “This situation (of migrants) needs to be resolved on the African continent,” said Salvini, whose new populist government has vowed a tougher stance on immigration. He wants to cut the number of arrivals to Italy — something already achieved by his predecessor thanks to a deal struck with Libyan authorities — while accelerating the expulsion of “illegals”.
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