Italy Sends Eritreans to Sweden

“Italy Sends Eritreans to Sweden as EU Migrant Relocations Begin,” by Elisabetta Povoledo for the New York Times:

A small group of Eritrean asylum seekers left Italy for Sweden on Friday, initiating a contentious European Union relocation program meant to help the union’s front-line countries deal with the largest movement of refugees on the Continent since World War II.

The 19 young Eritreans dutifully smiled for official photographs with European and Italian officials on the tarmac at Ciampino Airport outside Rome, then boarded a government plane bound for Lulea, on the Gulf of Bothnia about 1,680 miles to the north, where the Swedish authorities awaited them.

“That plane is a symbol of victory,” for a vision of Europe “able to be supportive and responsible, a Europe that can save human lives,” Angelino Alfano, the Italian interior minister, told reporters at a news conference shortly after the plane took off…

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