Italy in deal to hold asylum-seekers in Albania

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Italy and Albania on Nov. 6 announced an agreement that would see asylum-seekers intercepted at sea by Italian forces┬átaken to Albania while their claims are processed. Italy is to pay for construction of two centers in Albania with the capacity to hold up to 3,000 migrants at a time. If Italy rejects the asylum bids, Albania would deport the migrants. Albania is also to provide external security for the two centers, which would be under Italian jurisdiction. Children and pregnant women would be excluded from the plan. Some experts question whether the plan is legal, and say it follows a worrying trend of European countries seeking to “externalize” migrant┬áprocessing to other countries. (TNH, AP)

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