Immigration: ETUC: Italy Leaving Schengen, Means Isolating Itself From Europe

Immigration: ETUC: Italy Leaving Schengen, Means Isolating Itself From Europe

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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) oppose the idea of the Interior Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini to undermine the Schengen Agreement and stop registering migrants that reach Italy, according to the Schengen regulations on migration.

Salvini, a right-wing politician known for his anti-immigration policies had last week threatened the EU members that Italy would stop implementing the Schengen Agreement if the European Union does not undertake any step to stop illegal migration.

Desperate times call for desperate measures! From now on, we will no longer identify migrants who arrive in Italy or register them in the EU database. We are forced to do so, as the Italian law is not being respected by the Dutch government, in compliance with the European Union. So immigrants will be able to go wherever they want on holiday, whether it’s Ibiza or Mykonos,” he said during a press conference after a rescue ship with over 40 migrants abroad reached Italy.

According to a press release of the European Trade Union Confederation, the General Secretary Luca Visentini of the Union suspension of the Schengen agreement can happen only in exceptional circumstances, which currently do not exist.

Suspending the Schengen agreement on the free movement of people without checking documents is possible, but must be motivated by exceptional circumstances, that are not occurring on this border. A Schengen suspension would not lead to any solution in the case of asylum seekers, who are already being checked by the border police, who are currently doing a great job and are, if anything, short on personnel and resources, as the Police trade unions have rightly pointed out,” Visentini is cited to have said.

Minister Salvini has not proposed a temporary suspension of Schengen, but in reality the exit of Italy from this treaty. The consequence of this choice would be the isolation of Italy from Europe, since the borders to be sealed would also be those with Austria, Switzerland, and France, as well as maritime ones,” the press release notices.

It also asserts that exiting the Schengen would produce devastating economic effects for Italy, as blocking business and of over ten thousand frontier workers in the shipbuilding, metalworking, construction, trade, tourism, transport, health and domestic work sectors.

The ETUC, which represents 45 million workers and 90 trade union organizations across Europe, also oppose the proposal of Minister Salvini to seal the border between Italy and Slovenia and erecting physical barriers to stop migrants coming from the Balkan route.


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