France has declared that it will not accept migrants coming from the Italian island of Lampedusa, as stated by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin during an interview on TF1 television.
However, the minister acknowledged that the situation is different for asylum seekers with political motivations, though he believes their presence among the migrants who arrived on Lampedusa last week is minor.
Gérald Darmanin, France's Interior Minister, emphasized that the solution to effectively control the influx of migrants, which undeniably presents a significant challenge to our capacity to integrate newcomers, is to admit fewer individuals.
Additionally, as previously mentioned during a meeting with Italian counterpart Matteo Piantedosi in Rome on Monday, France is prepared to assist in repatriating individuals to countries with which they maintain strong diplomatic relations, specifically Ivory Coast and Senegal.
According to Euronews, Polish government has adopted a special resolution expressing its disapproval of the illegal immigration situation in the EU and the solidarity mechanism.
"We also aim to send a clear cautionary message because Lampedusa serves as precisely such a warning. If we repeat the same mistakes and replicate the mechanisms proposed by the European Commission, all of Europe, indeed the entire European Union, could find itself in a situation akin to Lampedusa," emphasized Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland.
Earlier, Darto reported that, 8,500 migrants arrived on Lampedusa aboard 199 vessels, according to the International Organization for Migration. This figure surpasses the island's resident population.