Migrants disembarking in the port of Catania, Italy from the Sea-Watch 3 search-and-rescue ship, which was carrying 47 asylum seekers. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/ORIETTA SCARDINO
Migrants disembarking in the port of Catania, Italy from the Sea-Watch 3 search-and-rescue ship, which was carrying 47 asylum seekers. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/ORIETTA SCARDINO

The Italian NGO Mani Tese (Outstretched Hands) published a report in which it said NGO search-and-rescue activity in the Mediterranean has allowed the Italian government to save nearly one billion euros.

A report by the Italian NGO Mani Tese (Outstretched Hands) said that NGO interventions in migrant search and rescue in the Mediterranean have allowed the Italian government to save thus far "nearly one million euros." Mani Tese has been working in developing countries since 1964. "The cost of migrant search-and-rescue activities in the Mediterranean Sea carried out by non-profits has been paid for completely by those organisations and none of them has received public funding for this," Mani Tese said. 


'Improbable that NGOs want to increase migrants'

"The NGOs working in rescue do not manage reception centers in Italy and do not in any way access funding that the Italian government allocates to organizations that aid migrants and asylum seekers," the report said. "It is truly improbable to maintain that there is an interest on the part of the NGOs in increasing the number of migrants on Italian soil," it said. On the contrary, it said that "it's necessary to consider that the costs sustained by the NGOs in these years of effort at sea have saved the Italian authorities working in rescue activity significant resources."
 

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