The Italy-Albania Agreement on Migration: Pushing Boundaries, Threatening Rights

On 6 November 2023, the Italian and Albanian Prime Ministers announced that they had signed an agreement to set up two centres in Albania to hold people rescued at sea by Italian ships, including people seeking protection. Amnesty International’s overall conclusion is that, while the agreement is highly unlikely to reach its stated aim in terms of migration management, its implementation would have a negative impact on a range of human rights, including the rights to life and physical integrity of people in distress at sea, and the rights to liberty, to asylum, and to adequate remedy, of people transferred to Albania.

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