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European Immigration: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. EU countries have agreed on a plan to handle migrants

According to French President Emmanuel Macron, European countries have made progress on plans to redistribute refugees rescued in the Mediterranean. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has voiced his criticism towards those plans. Europe has been struggling to deal with the continuation of the flow of thousands of immigrants across the Mediterranean, which has led to a hard-line response in some countries, like Italy, as they bear the chunk of the problem. An agreement, which aims to work towards a more efficient system of redistributing rescued people, was reached late on Monday at a meeting in Paris under French chairmanship. 14 states have reportedly approved the plan.

2. Italy does not allow migrants to get off vessel

In a sign of desperation and disappointment to Europe’s prolonged response, Italy has not allowed the passengers of an Italian coast guard vessel carrying some 130 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean to leave the vessel until Brussels decides on which countries will take them in, according to Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli. His words echo those of hard-line anti-immigration Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who had previously not allowed the ship to dock while insisting on Friday that other EU countries had to commit to taking in the migrants before they would be allowed to disembark on Italian territory. The moves signal Italy’s distress as well as the high rate of migration across the Mediterranean.

3. Rise of anti-immigration parties in Europe

The results of May’s European Parliament elections revealed the true extent of the popularity of far-right, nationalist parties, all but ruling out constructive debates on the politically sensitive topic of migrants and asylum seekers as well as the grievances of minority groups. The European nation is now likely to take a more hard-line approach to immigration, similar to that of Salvini, leaving the future of migrants on uncertain grounds. This has to lead to many European governments to being deadlocked on a planned revision of the EU’s immigration policy

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