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Vol 64 No 6

Published 16th March 2023

Brussels backs Italy's hard line on migration

A leaked letter from the European Commission chief spells out the EU's plans to deter and return migrants to their home countries

A week after the sinking of a boat carrying several hundred migrants off the Calabrian coast in southern Italy which killed more than 60 people, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni praising her government's tough migration policies. Passengers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia were among those reported to be drowned in the disaster on 27 February.

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