[WORLD NEWS] EUROPEAN COMMISSION OFFERS 6,000 EUROS TO TAKE IN A MIGRANT

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION HAS OFFERED TO BEAR THE COST OF TAKING IN MIGRANTS FROM BOATS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, SEEKING TO ENTICE MORE GOVERNMENTS TO ACCEPT THE BURDEN AFTER ITALY’S NEW GOVERNMENT CLOSED ITS PORTS TO RESCUE VESSELS.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SPOKESPERSON, NATASHA BERTHAUD, IN A PROPOSAL ON TUESDAY, SAYS THE COMMISSION WILL PAY 6,000 EUROS FOR EACH MIGRANT TAKEN IN BY EU MEMBER STATES, AS WELL AS FUND THE COST OF HUNDREDS OF PERSONNEL TO PROCESS MOSTLY AFRICAN MIGRANTS SEEKING ASYLUM IN EUROPE.

ITALY’S INTERIOR MINISTER, MATTEO SALVINI HAS HOWEVER CRITICIZED THE OFFER AS FAR TOO LITTLE, SAYING EVERY ASYLUM SEEKER, COSTS THE ITALIAN TAXPAYER BETWEEN 40,000 AND 50,000 EUROS ADDING THAT ITALY DOES NOT WANT MONEY BUT DIGNITY.