Aquarius refugees and migrants disembark in Valencia port

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Italy on Saturday demanded that the Netherlands recall two Dutch-flagged migrant rescue ships after one of the non-governmental organisations that operate them called Rome's interior minister a fascist.

"While we need foreigners to expand our economy further, we need them to come here legally and we need to know who they are and how they are coming here".

"They are very happy to have arrived at the port, very excited and hopeful", Moreno, who travelled from the southwestern region of Andalusia to help with the migrant reception, told AFP. He said he is anxious that more European nations will close their ports to migrants who are rescued at sea.

Had Malta been the closest port of call, and thus duty-bound to take in the migrants aboard the Aquarius, Malta would not have hesitated to do so, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday.

Valencia's Mayor Joan Ribo, who has offered the ship a safe berth, described Italy's decision to turn the vessel away as inhuman.

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Some 20,000 people from across Italy are expected to join the demonstration Saturday afternoon, Rome police said.

Doctors Without Borders, who along with French charity SOS Mediterranee are treating migrants on board Aquarius, said two passengers drowned last weekend when the ship first encountered difficulties off Libya.

"We are very anxious that people will be brought back to Libya after their rescue with the Viking Amber", said Alex Steier of Mission Lifeline in an emailed statement.

Le Pen said that she's "extremely worried" that France's offer to take in some of the 629 migrants who landed in the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday signals "the continued opening of our national borders".

Italy's new populist government is criticizing aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, declaring two German rescue boats can't dock in Italian ports even though the groups operate at sea and don't bring migrants ashore.

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As many as 933 people have been rescued in the Western Mediterranean and Straits of Gibraltar over the past 48 hours, the Spanish sea rescue service Salvamento Maritimo said on its twitter account. After Malta refused, Spain stepped in and offered to accept them.

Mr Abalos said: "Spain will act with sensitivity and at the same time within the law, and with a message to Europe that it doesn't have an immigration policy up to the challenge at hand".

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm in Brussels, limited itself to appeals for solidarity among the 28 member states and for humanity toward migrants adrift at sea.

Muscat said that since past year, crossing across the Mediteranean have decreased by 78 per cent from European Union efforts addressing the issue at source.

The ship is making the 1,500-kilometre (930-mile) voyage to Spain accompanied by an Italian coast guard vessel, which has taken on board some of the migrants. In the first five months of this year, a total of 35,455 migrants have reached European shores.

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The bald Vice-President is one who is coordinating by Spanish executive all worldwide contacts to solve crisis of Aquarius case, both with leaders of Italian government who did not want to assume immigrants detected in ir Waters as with or nations, as is case of France, which has been offered from first moment to collaborate to maximum with Spain.