Posted on August 30, 2023

Italy’s President Calls for More Legal Migration to Beat People Trafficking

Reuters, August 25, 2023

The European Union should allow more legal migration into its borders to stop people trafficking, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said on Friday {snip}


“Migration phenomena must be tackled for what they are: global movements, which cannot be erased by walls or barriers,” Mattarella said at a conference in Rimini hosted by the Catholic group Communion and Liberation.

“Regular, sustainable and sufficiently high quotas are the only way to stamp out the cruel traffic in human beings” as “the prospect and hope of coming without inhuman costs and suffering” would convince migrants to wait for their turn, he added.

Meloni’s government has partly followed Mattarella’s advice, saying in July it would raise entry quotas for non-EU migrant workers to 452,000 for 2023-2025. But the level is below the 833,000 that has been requested by companies and unions.