Coinciding with the publication of the pact, France said it will take in 500 migrant minors from the fire-ravaged Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, 150 more than initially planned, the government said Wednesday (23 September). Paris also asked Italy to host the humanitarian ship.
“We have always been in solidarity with Italy for the past two years. We have always been in solidarity with Italy for the past two years and have a solidarity mechanism for handling landings, so we are asking it to respond favourably to the NGO’s request to dock in the nearest safe port,” the French Ministry of the Interior said as the humanitarian ship “Alan Kurdi”, which is carrying some 130 migrants, is heading for Marseille. The boat must wait until a port has been designated by the Italian authorities.