Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini continues to battle against illegal migration to the country and has insisted that he wants to pursue the Australian model in stopping the boats from coming.

The latest controversy centers around the Dicotti ship that picked up migrants in Maltese waters. Around 150 migrants are now on board, though 27 migrant children have been allowed to disembark.

Writing on Twitter, Salvini said: “#Stopinvasione My goal is to block barges and barrows, it is to organize in the African countries of the counters who decide who has the right to leave and who does not, following the Australian model.”

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