Portugal manifested availability to receive 10 of the 106 people who were rescued in the Mediterranean by the vessels Alan Kurdi and Mediterranea. The vessel Alan Kurdi carried 65 people, while the Mediterranea, which berthed in the island of Lampedusa port this Saturday, carried 41 people.
In a spirit of European solidarity, these 106 people will be received by a group of countries consisting of Portugal, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Malta.
With this gesture, Portugal takes part once again in the group of countries that assume the duty of humanitarian solidarity, translating into action the common desire of providing European solutions to the issue of migration and the human tragedies that continue to develop in the Mediterranean.
Portugal has been active in all the resettlement processes, as was the case regarding the rescue of the vessels Lifeline, Aquarius I, Aquarius II, Sea Watch III, Alan Kurdi, Stromboli and Cigala Fulgosi, among other smallervessels.
Notwithstanding the solidary availability that was always manifested, the Portuguese Government continues to defend an integrated, stable and permanent European solution that can address the migratory challenges.
Lisbon, 8 July 2019