Priority of Italian Interior Ministry is to pay attention to the deportation of Algerian and Tunisian illegal immigrants who arriving in the country through small boats carrying between 12 and 15 people, and increase the financial allocations for these operations, in addition to tightening the control of work permits and accommodation that are granted in a way that is very lenient for the migrants of Algeria and Tunisia who arrived by sea, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, said more migrants who are coming by sea to the country meant more crime, which is reflected in figures about crime in Italy.
According to Salvini, his ministry will deal firmly with the expulsion and deportation of illegal immigrants who are arriving by sea, especially from the boats that are arriving from Algeria and Tunisia, because his ministerial department has managed to make the large sailing operations from Libya loaded with hundreds of illegal immigrants in a free fall and the problem still exists on the small boats which arrive from Algeria and Tunisia.
In this context, Matteo Salvini, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said : “The problem is the small boats that carry between 12 and 158 people who are coming from Tunisia to Sicily or from Algeria to Sardinia … I have written to the Tunisian authorities about this file.”
Minister Salvini, who is a member of the far-right Northern League, asserted that control should be tightened on the small boats and illegal immigrants should be deported (Algerians and Tunisians) and that work and residence permits would be tightened, with excessive leniency from the authorities, regional commissions and police stations.
According to the spokesman, the funds that are allocated for the reception of illegal immigrants in the shelters will be provided to expedite the expulsion of those arriving by boats to the coasts of the country.
He has already announced a visit to Algeria in the context of the fight against illegal immigration and the acceleration of deportations of the Algerian illegal immigrants, but he has not revealed the details of the visit or its date yet.
A few days ago, the regional coordinator of Berlusconi Party (Forza Italia) in the island of Sardinia, Hugo Capilecci, said in an interview with Echorouk that the island authorities expected the arrival of about 2000 Algerian illegal immigrants by the end of this year.
He asserted that the island hopes Salvini’s visit to Algeria will stop the flow of Algerian illegal immigrants to it.
He revealed that the option to provide Algeria with boats to monitor the sea flow of illegal immigrants on Sardinia remains an issue if necessary, as was done with Libya recently.