16 August 2019
On Thursday evening, five sick migrants, accompanied by four family members were transferred from the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms to the Italian island of Lampedusa. The rest of the migrants remain on board the Open Arms ship anchored off the Italian island. They were initially picked up off Libya in early August.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said six EU countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants from the rescue ship that Italy had blocked from docking, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean. The migrants will be shared out among France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg, Conte added.
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