Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2018 / 10:55 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Italian bishops’ conference will accept the majority of African migrants who have spent 10 days stranded on a coast guard ship in a Sicilian port.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the office of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday that the bishops’ conference would take 100 migrants. Albania and Ireland will also accept 20 migrants each.
A total of 190 migrants, primarily from Eritrea, had been found stranded at sea and rescued by the Italian Coast guard on August 16. The ship arrived to the Sicilian port of Catania on August 20.
The migrants were not allowed to disembark, however, except for 50 who were given permission to leave due to health reasons.
The BBC reported that Interior Minister Matteo Salvini would not grant the vessel permission to disembark until there was a plan to distribute the migrants among other EU countries, so as not to be a “burden” to Italian citizens.