Frontex posted a statement on its web site on Monday saying that it is sending a fact-finding team to Italy “to liaise with local authorities and monitor the situation on the ground” but that “[a]s of Monday February 14, Frontex has not received a formal request for assistance from the Italian Government, however, the Warsaw HQ is ready to act if necessary and is preparing an appropriate operational response in the event of it being requested.”
Commissioner Malmström reiterated on her blog that as of yesterday “Italy has not made a formal request for assistance, but of course we are looking at how we can assist both in a humanitarian capacity and practically with the screening of potential refugees (so far it does not seem that any of the Tunisians who have come to Italy have asked for asylum) and with their return.” (“Fortfarande har Italien inte kommit med någon formell begäran om hjälp men vi tittar förstås på hur vi skall kunna bistå både humanitärt, praktiskt med screening av eventuella flyktingar (hittills verkar det inte som om någon av de tuniseier som kommit till Italien har begärt asyl) och med återvändande.”)
Click here for the Frontex statement and here for Malmström’s blog.
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