MADRID | The Latest: Germany expects to take 60 migrants from Malta
MADRID — Jan 09, 2019—The Latest on Europe‘s migrant crisis (all times local):
Germany expects to take in 60 migrants who were already in Malta or are about to arrive there under an agreement to defuse the latest standoff over rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter stressed in Berlin Wednesday that the move for European Union countries to share out many of the 249 migrants already rescued by Maltese military ships — plus 49 who have been stranded aboard private rescue vessels — is “an ad hoc decision … for the current situation.” He said that Germany still aims to reach “a long-term and sustainable mechanism.”
Alter said eight countries have currently indicated their willingness to take in the migrants but talks are ongoing with more.