Albania Approves Migrant Center Deal With Italy

    Albania Approves Migrant Center Deal With Italy
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    The Facts

    • Albania's Parliament voted 77-0 Thursday to approve a five-year deal with Italy to hold migrants while their asylum requests are being processed. Members of the conservative opposition party sat out of the vote in protest.

    • Under the deal, which was signed by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in November, Italy will pay Albania 600M euros ($650M) to build two processing centers that will hold up to 3K migrants at any given time.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This agreement flies in the face of both the international and European laws Italy is supposed to follow. Countries are required to immediately take in and process refugees on the land they arrived, but Italy is now going to send these vulnerable asylum seekers — who already trekked across the ocean to reach Italy — hundreds of miles away to a different country where they could then be deported.

    Right narrative

    Under the current system propped up by the mass migration nonprofit industry, Italy has received over a million migrants in the past ten years. The reason Italy needed this deal is because as these large waves of migrants come ashore, they eventually disappear into the country after checking into a processing center. Italy deserves to control who they accept and reject, which is why Albania is lending a hand.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 1% chance that any of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and/or Germany will leave the EU before 2027, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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