Italy approves new migrant detention as talk turns to naval blockade to prevent launching of boats

ROME (AP) — The Italian Cabinet has approved new measures to crack down on migration. That comes after the southern island of Lampedusa was again overwhelmed last week by a wave of arrivals from Tunisia, and the migration issue returned to center stage in Europe with talk of a naval blockade. The Cabinet measures approved Monday focus on migrants who don’t qualify for asylum and are slated to be repatriated to their home countries. The modification extends the amount of time such people can be detained to the EU maximum of 18 months. The plan also aims to increase the number of detention centers to hold them until they are sent back, since the capacity in Italy has always been insufficient.