Interior Minister Matteo Salvini gestures as he arrives at the Italian Business Association Confcommercio meeting in Rome, Italy, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Italy wants NATO to help defend its southern shores from an influx of migrants, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Friday, signaling the new government would take a much tougher line on immigration controls.Salvini, who heads the far-right League, said neighboring Malta had to do more to help deal with would-be asylum seekers from Africa and warned that human rights groups looking to save migrants at sea would come under much greater scrutiny.More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by boat from Africa in the past five years, but numbers have dropped dramatically in recent months.In a statement, the group also said Malta had refused to take in the migrants and that as a result, the boat had to make the much longer journey to Italy to bring the people to land.
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