Giorgia Meloni has 'failed' to tackle the migrant crisis in Italy claims Alex Deane

Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 26/09/2023

- 13:06

Alex Deane has claimed that Giorgia Meloni has failed to tackle the migrant crisis in Italy, as thousands flee to the island of Lampedusa.

Speaking on Dewbs & Co, the PR consultant was also joined by former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, James Schneider, as they debated the growing crisis for Italians.

Deane said: "Well, this has been an issue for the Italians for more than a decade. And as your map helpfully reminded us, the little dot that was South of Sicily on your map is Malta, so Lampedusa is well to the southwest of of Malta, it's much closer to the Tunisian coast than the rest of Italy.

"But nevertheless, it's part of Italy. And once you're there, you are in Italy and a big problem for the Italians, you know, 10,000 in 10 days. Population of Lampedusa is something like six and a half thousand, right? So you're talking about culture changing huge numbers of people in in one go."

Deane continued: "The people who've been most disappointed at the current time, apart from those who live on Lampedusa itself, will be those who voted for Giorgia Meloni, because she said that she was going to change all of this when she came into office, and quite plainly she hasn't."

Schneider then argued: "Saying that this is a war and an invasion, all of that doesn't do anything to deal with the fact that there are people that are fleeing the conditions in which they are living.

"And the answer is, as Mark White was just just saying, more cooperation between the EU states in order to take a process which is currently out of control and unmanaged and dangerous for many of the people taking part in it, to one which has is has more coordination and more management and more control and therefore can be more humane."

Watch the debate in full above.

Tune in to Dewbs & Co, Monday to Friday from 6pm, only on GB News.

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