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Italy's PM Seeks EU Nations' Help with Refugees

  • Associated Press

Samuel, 25, from Nigeria, waits his turn to leave the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel as it arrives at the port of Pozzallo, south of Sicily, Italy, with hundreds of migrants aboard, rescued by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, June 17, 2017.

Italy's premier says that unless other EU countries assume some of the migrant crisis burden, the huge numbers could feed hostility in Italian society.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni in a speech Monday at a Rome-based U.N. food agency noted that "Italy has mobilized to deal with the flows of migrants" rescued in the central Mediterranean from smugglers' boats and brought to Italian shores.

Gentiloni said Europe must help if it "wants to stay faithful to its own principles, own history, own civilization."

Some 83,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year.

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