Spain to take in some Open Arms migrants

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Spanish authorities have shown readiness to accommodate some of the around 150 migrants on a rescue ship that has been blocked from docking in Italy.

The migrants have been in limbo since the vessel picked them up in the Mediterranean in early August, and Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has refused to allow them to disembark.

Spain’s government said it was working with other EU states and the European Commission to find a “common… and orderly solution” to the standoff, and was willing to “participate in a balanced distribution of migrants housed in the ship.”

French and German officials have also confirmed that their countries are in talks with the European Commission to resolve this latest in a series of flashpoint.

On Wednesday, Rome administrative court ordered that the Open Arms vessel be allowed to enter Italian waters, overriding Salvini’s ban.

 




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