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Italian coastguard rescues 801 boat migrants

Italian coastguard rescues 801 boat migrants
More than a million migrants, many from Syria, have entered Europe via Turkey and Greece in the past year but the number has fallen sharply since March, when Ankara agreed with the European Union to take back refugees landing on the Greek islands. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said the two boats aided which were also carrying some Iraqis, represented the largest such attempted mass migration from Syria and Iraq to Italy for at least a year. An Italian coastguard statement said 515 ...
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Italy doubles baby bonus to fight declining birth rate

Italy doubles baby bonus to fight declining birth rate
“If we carry on as we are and fail to reverse the trend, there will be fewer than 350 000 births a year in 10 years’ time, 40 % less than in 2010 – an apocalypse”, the minister, Beatrice Lorenzin, said in an interview. Lorenzin told the paper she wanted to double the standard baby bonus, currently 80 euro per month for low-to-middle income families, and introduce higher payments for second and subsequent children to encourage bigger families. Introduced last year, the allowances are currently ...
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