The number of Algerian illegal immigrants who have arrived on the Italian coasts reached 921 since the beginning of 2020, according to official figures published Tuesday by the Italian Interior Ministry, coinciding with the visit of Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, to Algeria.
According to the statistics that were published by the Italian Interior Ministry “al Viminali”, on its official website (checked out by Echorouk); The number of Algerian illegal immigrants who arrived in Italy, especially the island of Sardinia, reached 921 people between January 1 and September 14, 2020, which represents 4% of the total sea arrivals to the country’s coasts.
The document indicated that the Algerian illegal immigrants rank fourth in terms of nationalities with the most access to the coasts of Italy this year, with several 921 and 4%, in a list that is topped by the Tunisian illegal immigrants with 8623, which is equivalent to 14% of the total number of illegal immigrants, then the contains illegal immigrants from Bangladesh rank 2nd with 3058 (14%) and illegal immigrants from Côte d’Ivoire rank 3rd with about 1006 (5%).
Italian political parties and personalities launched a violent attack on the central government in Rome due to the continued flow of Algerian illegal immigrants’ boats and accused the government of being unable to act.
Some Italian political parties, especially the right-wing ones, asked the government to use the navy to stop the flow of Algerian illegal immigrants on the island of Sardinia, a proposal that was rejected by the Italian government.
President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, received, yesterday Tuesday morning, the Italian Interior Minister, Luciana Lamorgese, who is on a visit to Algeria, in the presence of the members of the delegation accompanying the Italian Minister, the Director of Office at the Presidency of the Republic, and the Ministers of Foreign and Interior Affairs, according to the presidential statement.
In the same context, the Minister of the Interior, Local Groups and Urban Planning, Kamal Beldjoud, and his Italian counterpart expressed the two countries’ “full” readiness to work on developing their “distinguished” relationships.
Minister Beldjoud added that the Italian Interior Minister discussed the phenomenon of illegal immigration, confirming that the number of Algerian illegal immigrants to Italy is “very few” compared to other countries. In this regard, he responded that Algeria “bears its responsibilities and takes the necessary measure that it must do in this field”.
For her part, the Italian minister expressed her country’s hope for “larger” cooperation with Algeria, saying; “I am sure that we have laid the foundations for new bilateral cooperation between our two countries, which always work in the framework of partnership and an atmosphere of friendship”.
“Algeria and Italy have all the qualifications to move forward in bilateral relations by establishing wide cooperation in various fields, especially when it comes to the influx of migrants and all the assistance that civil protection can provide”, she confirmed praising in this regard the distinguished expertise that the Algerian civil protection services have in the areas of earthquakes and emergencies.