With Salvini Gone, New M5S-Democrat Govt Invites Migrants to Land in Italy

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ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) – An NGO migrant transport with 82 migrants aboard says it has been given permission to dock at a tiny Italian island.

Ocean Viking’s crew said Saturday that Italian authorities instructed the ship to sail to Lampedusa island.

The Ocean Viking, which had appealed for days for a European port of safety, is operated by two humanitarian groups, Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee.

It isn’t clear if Italy’s new government is softening its anti-migration policy. The previous coalition banned NGO ships from bringing migrants to Italy.

Fifty of those aboard were picked up on Sept. 8 from a flimsy rubber dinghy launched from Libya by people taffickers. Thirty-four other migrants were picked up the next day in the Mediterranean. A woman about to give birth and her husband were taken to Malta earlier in the week.

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