Migrants make it to Malta

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A group of 120 migrants arrived in Malta after being rescued from a small inflatable boat in the Mediterranean by the island’s armed forces.

Maltese armed forces said the boat was spotted during a routine patrol. The nationalities of the migrants were not immediately known.

Sunday’s group was the biggest to arrive in Malta in a small boat since 61 made it to the island in April.

The issue of how to handle migrants has split the European Union, although arrivals are down dramatically from the 2015 peak of more than a million.

More than 650,000 people reached Italoan shores from North Africa since 2014 and Rome began taking a rigidly anti-immigration line, saying it will not allow more rescue ships to dock unless other EU states agree to take people.

Malta also stopped allowing rescue ships operated by voluntary organisations disembark unless other EU states agree to take some migrants aboard, a move that boosted migrant arrivals via small boats.