• Italy insists ‘no invasion’ after spike in migrant arrivals

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    ROME: Italy insisted Friday (Saturday in Manila) it was not facing an “invasion” after a spike in migrant boat crossings from Libya exacerbated fears the country is on the verge of becoming the main entry point for people trying to reach Europe. Nearly 6,000 mostly African migrants have landed at southern Italian sports since Tuesday but Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the overall trend this year was broadly in line with the 2015 pattern. “We are not facing an invasion,” the premier told a press conference after the figures were released by the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. Fears are running high in Italy that it could pay the price of EU moves to close routes through the Greek Islands and the Balkans.

    AFP

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