French President Emmanuel Macron has reached a deal with the newly-formed Italian government, agreeing to resettle migrants that enter Italy by boat.

Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte “have agreed on a new system to distribute migrants across the European Union,” German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle disclosed.

The announcement comes just weeks after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s right-wing Liga party dropped out of the ruling coalition in Rome. Under Savilni’s reign, the country had shuttered its ports for EU-backed ‘rescue’ boats carrying migrants from North Africa, a move bitterly opposed by France and Germany. Salvini’s Liga came to power in June 2018 after forming a coalition government with the left-wing 5-Star party. The strict immigration policy adopted by the government had drastically reduced illegal immigration into the country.

Following Salvini’s departure earlier this month, the ruling 5-Star and the center-right Democratic Party (PD) formed a pro-EU government in Rome. The new government has now re-opened the country’s harbors to migrant boats.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle reported the latest European migrant resettlement deal:

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Wednesday for the EU to introduce a new automatic system to distribute migrants across the bloc, as the two countries sought to patch up an acrimonious relationship under Italy’s previous anti-migrant populist government.

Italy has long complained that other EU member states have not shared the burden as hundreds of thousands of people arrived on its shores in recent years after making the dangerous boat journey across the Mediterranean.

“The European Union hasn’t shown enough solidarity with countries handling first arrivals, notably Italy,” Macron said after talks with Conte in Rome.

“France is ready to develop this in the framework of overhauling the Dublin accords,” said Macron, referring to the EU regulation which assigns responsibility for migrants to the nation of first entry into the bloc.

“I am convinced that we can agree on an automatic redistribution mechanism” under the auspices of the European Commission, he continued.

Germany will be taking in a significant portion of migrants under the new agreement. Last week, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced the decision to accept 25 percent of all migrants arriving in Italy by boat.

While the German mainstream media and political parties cheered the decision, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) slammed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for offering incentives to illegal immigrants by granting them blanket asylum. Seehofer found the criticism of the government’s asylum policy baseless. “[It is] unbelievable that one should have to justify something like this,” he responded.

The Franco-Italian migrant pact is the latest example of top European elites pushing their open-door immigration policy without bothering to consult the elected governments of the EU member states. In 2015, Merkel signed an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreeing to take in hundreds and thousands of migrants each year from Turkey’s refugee camps and settling them across Europe. According to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the direct intake of migrants from Turkey under Chancellor Merkel’s plan could be as high as half a million per year.

With Salvini out of office, the EU is wasting no time in steamrolling its open borders agenda in the Mediterranean, opening up the continent for millions of illegal migrants from Arab North Africa and the Middle East. As the EU, driven by Macron and Merkel, pushes ahead with its project of reshaping Europe through mass immigration, Europe’s ruling elite do not see any need to consult their electorates. Instead, they apparently believe in flooding Europe with illegal immigrants and creating irreversible facts on the ground.

Video: After Salvini’s departure, Italy’s open up ports for migrant boats

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