'Italy must not be left alone on migration,' Grasso says

Senate Speaker calls for shared European asylum policy

(ANSA) - Rome, April 19 - Italy must not be left alone to manage a flow of migrants of "historic" proportions, Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso said on Tuesday.
    "It is absolutely essential to encourage close discussion with the European institutions in order for there to be a shared common strategy for reception and integration," Grasso said. Recent events have shown the lack of solidarity between EU countries and of a strong and shared asylum policy, Italy's former chief anti-mafia prosecutor said. "If on the one hand I believe it is essential to firmly combat migrant trafficking, on the other I consider a strong common asylum policy and a new European legal immigration policy to be equally essential," Grasso concluded.


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