ITALY’s foreign minister has agreed with contentious accusations that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may be “colluding” with people smugglers to sneak migrants into Europe.
The unprecedented migrant crisis in the Mediterranean has sparked the invention of several NGOs, who have launched their own rescue ships. Yet critics in Italy have denounced their invention as a racket that must be stopped.
Sicilian prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro claimed to have “evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs and people traffickers in Libya”.
Mr Zuccaro’s remarks come just days after Italy’s parliament approved a measure to speed up asylum proceedings for migrants processed in Italy.
Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, refuted the debate and said: “It is not appropriate to make up a story saying (aid organisations) working in the Mediterranean are colluding with people smugglers…
- Growing row in Italy over claims of NGOs colluding with smugglers