Italian FM warns of migrant wave of ‘Biblical proportions’

ANSA: Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday that migration seen in the Mediterranean ”is only the tip of the iceberg of an exodus that may end up being of Biblical proportions”. Alfano’s comments were made during his opening remarks of the conference to present the World Food Programme report ‘At the Root of Exodus’. Alfano noted that, according to the report, in 2015 there were ”some 244 million people who migrated internationally, while the number of those suffering from forced migration – refugees, the displaced and asylum seekers – reached a peak of 65.3 million people”.