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Italian migration reception cracking up under pressure

Italy’s migration reception system is cracking up under intense pressure after the country saw a record 19 percent increase in the numbers which arrived in the same period last year. Authorities said they would build 16 new deportation centres in order to help ease the pressure.

Published: June 18, 2017, 12:35 pm

    Although people who run centres, are paid €35 per adult and €45 per child, they have complained to authorities, saying they are struggling to cope adding that there are no longer under-filled hotels or unused apartments.

    Italian authorities demand of carers to pay migrants medical bills themselves after the authorities restricted access to healthcare to those who had registered and been issued with ID documents. And Italians remain punishable if they do not comply.

    Social workers also complained about administrating asylum seekers, saying they have no time to do deal with real problems because they’re so tied up in paperwork. There are no language or work programmes, set aside for these migrants either, which has lead to a rise in criminal activity.

    One told IRIN news: “They have a place to eat, a place to sleep, but they don’t have ways to enter society, to find work, or learn new skills. This creates depression and boredom in many centres, where migrants have little to do with their time, aside from watching TV or surfing the internet.”

    Italy’s largest centre, Cara di Mineo, houses more than 3 000 migrants, and is a hive of criminal activity.

    The Mayor of Rome has already written to the Interior Ministry to tell them the city can no longer accept migrants because they are not coping with the pressure, the British Daily Mail reported.

    Some 6 new repatriation centres are to be built, taking the country’s total to 20. Secondary appeals on asylum decisions, which can sometimes take years to process through Italy’s slow court system, are to be abolished, expediting court proceedings and deportations of those denied asylum.”

    Charities and NGOs are nevertheless still determined to bring people to Europe, even when they’re picked up a few miles off the coast of Libya.

    The disapproval rate in areas where migrants have generally landed and gone to have sky-rocketed, with 91 percent of respondent unhappy in Greece, 81 percent in Italy and a huge 78 percent in Sweden which has seen some areas turn into migrant ghettos.

    Outrage about immigration is growing right across Europe, a Pew Research Centre study released on Thursday showed. The survey polled almost 10 000 people from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

    Frustrations with Brussels remain when it comes dealing with the refugee issue. Asked whether they would like their national government to make decisions about the movement of people into their country, roughly half or more across the countries surveyed answer, “Yes”.

    Greece and Italy are home to the largest support for exit of the EU.

    “These people [migrants] want to go to very specific countries, not countries like Romania, Bulgaria, or Hungary,” Hungarian Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi was quoted by German daily Die Welt as saying. He noted that some migrants who had been sent to Latvia “were back in Germany in just two days”.

    Last night Italian Ministers started fighting after a heated debate on child migrants. One Minister, Valeria Fedeli, was taken to hospital with minor injuries after being pushed into a table over a new bill which would automatically grant Italian citizenship to children of migrants.

    karin@praag.org

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