Irregular migration was at the forefront of discussions between the Italian and German presidents in Syracuse. Presidents Mattarella and Steinmeier expressed their concerns about the current crisis.
Even if they have clashed in recent days on the migration issue, Italy and Germany have one thing in common. The German leader said they were among the European countries having the most difficulty welcoming migrants.
Speaking to the Italian newspaper, Corriere della SeraAhead of his three-day visit to Italy, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that “both countries are at the limit of their capabilities.”
Germany received 162,000 asylum applications in 2023 and is the EU country that has received the highest number of migrants arriving on Italian shores, compared to other EU countries, under a voluntary solidarity agreement.
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