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Friday
Apr082011

Italy, France Strike Deal to Handle North African Migrants

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- France and Italy have reached a deal to launch sea and air patrols in efforts to put a stop to North African migrants bound for Europe, according to the BBC.

This week, Italy offered six-month visas to North Africans, many of them Tunisians fleeing the turmoil of the region, as a solution to the swelling numbers of migrants seeking solace in Europe. 

The decision to grant temporary visas allowing access to anywhere in the EU angered France causing French border patrol to turn the migrants away. Italy responded with a threat to oust France from the EU's passport-free travel zone.

But, according to the BBC, after a meeting of the interior ministers in Milan, Italy Friday, the two nations agreed that neither country should be responsible for the migrants and that they should voluntarily return to Tunisia.

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