Can't make two countries pay for global refugees says Alfano

'Mini-Schengen would be end of Europe' says interior minister

(ANSA) - Brussels, February 18 - One or two countries can't pay for "an entire global movement of refugees fleeing wars and persecutions", Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Thursday. He was commenting the risk that a mini-Schengen Area without Greece and Italy is de facto being set up in Europe as some countries restore border controls to prevent asylum seekers from entering. Greece and Italy are the first landfall for refugees fleeing Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean.
    "Europe has nowhere to go without Italy," Alfano said. "This European situation with the UK holding a referendum on exiting and possibly an Italy that would have to submit to this type of choice - that would truly make for an inconsistent Europe and one without a future".


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