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"The Italian authorities are doing all they can do discourage charity rescue vessels from picking up migrants in difficulty in the Mediterranean Sea, because they see this as a pull factor that encourages people to leave the coast of North Africa and attempt the dangerous crossing to Europe", says France 24 Correspondant in Rome Philip Willan.

Italy: Pia Kempl in court for rescuing migrants

"The Italian authorities are doing all they can do discourage charity rescue vessels from picking up migrants in difficulty in the Mediterranean Sea, because they see this as a pull factor that encourages people to leave the coast of North Africa and attempt the dangerous crossing to Europe", says France 24 Correspondant in Rome Philip Willan.

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