Italian Chamber of Dep. Speaker Fini Criticises Summary Repatriation Policy (News)

ANSA reports that Gianfranco Fini’s comments made in Madrid at a forum organised by the El Mundo newspaper “appeared to put the speaker, who belongs to Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, at odds with the government’s controversial policy of immediately returning immigrants rescued in the Mediterranean to Libya.”

“Fini was praised for his stance by the [Italian] opposition Democratic Party’s Deputy House Whip, Gianclaudio Bressa, who said it was ‘’good to establish that Fini is on (our) side of the debate’.

“… Italy has sent back over 600 would-be migrants since the launch of the policy on May 6 as part of a historic friendship deal with Libya, the main stepping-off point for immigrants.

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