Italy launches an online campaign to dissuade potential boat people:
An online project seeking to discourage migrants dreaming of a better life in Italy from making the dangerous journey to central Europe was launched by the Italian government on Thursday.
Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano:
“Obviously we pride ourselves on welcoming all those fleeing war and don’t intend to stop them from coming. But we can’t welcome everybody.”
In 2014, the majority of the 170,000 migrant arrivals to Italy were refugees from war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.
“However, in 2015 some 60 percent of the 150,000 arrivals were not legitimate humanitarian cases, rather people seeking better, more prosperous life,” Alfano said.