Italy's Matteo Salvini under fire as migrants removed from one of the country's biggest reception centres

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Post by phildidge on Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:34 pm

Italy’s populist coalition has come under intense criticism for removing migrants from the country’s second-largest reception centre, amid concern that some will end up living on the streets. The migrants, some of them in tears, were reportedly given no notice about their removal from the reception centre at Castelnuovo di Porto north of Rome.

They will be transferred to other centres hundreds of miles away, in the southern regions of Campania and Basilicata.

The reception centre is due to be closed at the end of the month as part of a controversial reform of Italy’s migrant reception system by the populist government, which came to power last June. A security decree passed by the government last month seeks to drastically reduce the number of migrants receiving "humanitarian protection" and make it easier to expel them.

Around 30 migrants were removed on Tuesday and the operation was continuing on Wednesday, with another 75 due to be moved.

Some migrants chose to leave the centre of their own accord and were seen heading to Rome, where many asylum seekers end up living in squats and abandoned buildings.

An MP from the Left-wing Free and Equal party stood in front of one of the buses taking migrants away, blocking it temporarily.

Politicians from the opposition, centre-Left Democratic Party accused Matteo Salvini, the hardline interior minister, of orchestrating an operation “that recalls the Nazi concentration camps”.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/23/italys-matteo-salvini-fire-migrants-removed-one-countrys-biggest/

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