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>> Hundreds of migrants pulled from the Mediterranean by a rescue ship arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, bringing a grueling nine day voyage, after they were turned away from Italy and Malta, to an end. But what has not ended, indeed, has been reignited, is a fierce debate over how Europe handles immigration.
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Barring the rescue ship Aquarius was a chance for Italy's new government to assert its anti-immigrant credentials. While for new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, it was an opportunity to underline a more liberal stance. But what it's also highlighted is the European Union's failure as a whole to agree on how to manage huge numbers of people fleeing poverty and conflict.
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>> And in moments like this it is important to have principle humanitarian action, like Spain did in welcoming people in need when others were rejecting them>> Three ships made the 700 nautical mile diversion to Valencia after two Italian coast guard vessels took migrants on board to make the journey safer.
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Polls say most Spaniards support the idea of welcoming and integrating refugees, unlike Italy where anti-migrants sentiment has surged in a country that's taken 600,000 people in over the past five years. France, which chided Italy for turning the Aquarius away, has also promised to accommodate any passengers who qualified for asylum and want to go there.