>> These migrants are enjoying dry land for the first time in over a week. All 150 of them finally allowed off a rescue ship that traveled from Libya and has been docked in Sicily since last Monday. Rome's anti-establishment government had refused to let the migrants enter Italy until other EU states agree to share responsibility for them.
It's landed Interior Minister Martelli Salvini in hot water. He says he's under investigation for abuse of office, kidnapping, and illegal arrests over the migrant's ordeal, which he's calling a disgrace. A meeting in Brussels on Friday failed to break the deadlock, with an agreement on what to do with the migrants only taking effect in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Ireland is the only member of the block committing to take at least 20 people. Albania will take in a further 20 and the rest will be housed by the Catholic Church. More than 650,000 migrants have reached Italian shores since 2014, fueling a surge of support in anti-immigration parties at this year's general election.
And even as the number of migrants arriving in Italy begins to drop, it still dominates front pages as the right wing coalition use it as a diversion tactic, says Reuters Steve Scherer in Rome.>> So this is giving the ruling coalition parties something to crow about, really While they're working on other things, like next year's budget, which is still uncertain.
They're promising to spend a lot of money and unsettling markets. It's tied also to other European Union negotations. For example, for the budget next year, Italy wants some more budget leeway from the European Union. And it's promised to sort of go to battle over it.>> Most of the migrants will now be taken to a processing center in Sicily.
At least 13 remain in the hospital.