Immigration minister Gert Leers is ‘extremely cross’ with Italy for giving humanitarian visas to thousands of economic refugees from Tunisia, the Telegraaf reports.
‘We cannot just accept this,’ the paper quotes Leers as saying after an EU meeting in Luxemburg.
He called on the European Commission to take steps to stop a further ‘flood’ of illegal immigrants from North Africa arriving in Europe.
Instead it is important to help people develop their economies at hom, Leers said. ‘Whole villages are emptying out because all the young men want to come to Europe,’ he said.
According to the Financial Times, Belgium and France have threatened to bring back border controls for travellers from Italy.
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