ROME – The Latest on Europe's Response to Mass Migration (All Times Local):
Italian media reports that 16 more migrants have been reported authorized to leave the Coast Guard, which rescued her on 16 August and has been in Sicily for days.
Officials of the Red Cross said that the Italian Minister of Health had ordered on Saturday a study of the hygienic conditions on the Italian coast The guardship Diciotti
Sky TG24 said that the 11 remaining women aboard and five of the rescued men later in the day to disembark. Among them were two passengers suspected of having tuberculosis.
Forty others, including children and persons already identified as ill, previously left the ship.
The official representative of the Red Cross, Stefano Principato, told reporters on the dock in Catania that Sicily is worried about the mental well-being of the 150 migrants who have rescued the ship's crew.
A prosecutor in Sicily questioned lower-ranking Italian Interior Ministry officials about orders to prevent 150 migrants from leaving the Italian Coast Guard, which saved them.
Italy's RAI state television service said prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio began questioning on Saturday in Rome.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will not release migrants from custody Coast Guard, unless other EU countries commit to receiving asylum seekers. The ship was docked for several days in Catania, Sicily.
The Diciotti crew rescued the migrants in the Mediterranean 16. Aug. About 40 of the passengers, including minors and sick adults, were allowed to leave the ship in the last few days.
Most of those still on board are young men from Eritrea.
Health authorities and Red Cross personnel inspect an Italian coastal watch ship in Sicily for days with 150 migrants aboard
The Italian news channel Sky TG24 TV said on Saturday that health experts said sanitary conditions on the Diciotti, whose crew rescued the migrants on 16 August. The ship docked in the port of Catania earlier this week
On Saturday, an ambulance delivered health supplies to be taken on board.
About 600,000 asylum seekers were brought to Italy after their rescue at sea in recent years. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisted that immigrants on the Coast Guard ship should not enter the country until other EU states agree to accept them.
No one has offered yet.
A large majority of migrants on board the Diciotti are Eritrean men. Minors and sick passengers have been released from the ship in recent days.
A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party suggests that Germany could somehow introduce a one-year national service for refugees and asylum seekers who, she says, contribute to integration and acceptance the Germans would increase.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the secretary general of Merkel's Christian Democrats, made the proposal in an interview on Saturday with the Funke newspaper group  It is an extension of a discussion that this month with the introduction of a vaguely defined "general service obligation "for Germans, civilian or military, as possible future policy has begun. Germany scrapped the conscription in 2011.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said it would be worthwhile to discuss whether refugees should also provide a kind of service to the state for one year. She said, "If refugees make such a year voluntary or compulsory, that serves their integration into state and society."
The United Nations refugee agency pleads for the European Union The countries take responsibility for 150 migrants stranded aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship and urge Italy, the migrants, to leave the ship immediately allow.
The Diciotti rescued the migrants on 16 August from a tugboat. The ship has been docked in Sicily For days, Italy's government has refused to let passengers out, unless other EU states undertake to take them.
UN Refugee Commissioner Filippo Grandi called on European states on Saturday to "do the right thing and provide asylum seekers who have been rescued from the Mediterranean in their need."
Grandi said from Geneva that it was time to end "A race to the bottom, who can take the least responsibility for those rescued at sea."
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