Italy Wasting Millions to Rescue Migrants, Says Matteo Salvini

Money being spent on the migrant search-and-rescue operation – Mare Nostrum – is being wasted, Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-immigration Northern League party has said.

Matteo Salvini, leader of Northern League party

The Mare Nostrum was set up by the Italian government in October 2013 following the tragic shipwrecks where over 600 people died.

The operation costs the government about nine million Euros a month. Of late Italian authorities have been urging the EU and other European countries to help the country bear the costs of the operation.

Since it was launched last year, the Mare Nostrum operation has rescued almost 70,000 migrants. Without it, all these people would have drowned and died in the Mediterranean.

Mr Salvini holds that the money could be better spent in Africa. His party has been strongly opposed to the Mare Nostrum operation, even claiming that it encourages migrants to embark on the dangerous sea journeys since they know someone will come to rescue them.

A simple question for Mr Salvini: Is money spent to rescue 70,000 people wasted?

– The Africa News