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Italy’s far-right government, headed by GiorgiaMeloni, has announced the approval of a new decree providing for a series of new and strict measures against NGOs carrying out rescues in the Mediterranean.

Vessels chartered by these NGOs must now request a port of disembarkation immediately after a rescue operation and go there “without delay”, whereas at present they stay at sea to assist the occupants of other boats in danger.

The text also requires the crews of these vessels to inform those rescued that they can apply for international protection in any European Union (EU) country and not just in the country of disembarkation. Crews who fail to comply with the new rules face fines of up to €50,000 and repeated breaches may be punished by detention of the vessel.

According to the Italian Ministry of the Interior, 101,127 migrants landed on Italian shores in 2022, half of whom came from Libya.