The Italian government announced the decision on Friday, September 22, following measures taken by authorities in Rome as they tried to deal with the virus. Increasing numbers of illegal immigrants to Italy – Reuters reports. Italian authorities reported that just last week 10,000 migrants and refugees arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
According to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s coalition, people seeking asylum in Italy will have to pay 4 thousand 938 euros (PLN 22,779) to avoid detention while the protection application is being considered. The government also announced this week that it would increase the number Detention centers across the country to detain migrants and refugees who have arrived through irregular routes before eventually returning them to their home country. In addition, Rome announced that it would extend the detention of these people from three months to 18 months.
Currently, migrants and refugees seeking asylum in Italy can move freely around the country while their applications are processed. A government decree published on Friday states that these people will now have to pay some form of bail to avoid arrest. Human rights groups criticize such measures.
Migrants and refugees waiting to be transported from Lampedusa to other parts of Italy. September 17, 2023
“They are not eligible for asylum.”
– It’s ridiculous. Who among them has 5 thousand? euro? – said Anna Brambilla, lawyer and member of the Association for Legal Studies on Migration (ASGI), which defends the rights of refugees and migrants. There are currently 10 refugee repatriation centers in Italy, with a capacity of only 619 people. Prime Minister Meloni said she wants to double this number and establish one such facility in each of the country’s 20 regions.
However, several city officials across the political spectrum said they did not want to build new centers He questioned the effectiveness of the government action.
The latest data issued by the Italian Ministry of the Interior shows 132,000 867 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy by boat this yearCompared to 69 thousand 498 in the same period of 2022.
Italy does not have repatriation agreements with some of the countries where migrants and refugees come from, which means that Italian authorities cannot expel them even if they wanted to. For example, Rome deported 3,000 people. 916 foreigners in 2022
Italian officials say that most people arriving on the Italian coast from North Africa by boat are “not eligible for asylum.” According to official data, in 2022 Italy looked 52 thousand 625 asylum requests53.5 percent refused. among them. The government tightened the rules this year, canceling “special protection” residence permits given to migrants and refugees who were not eligible for asylum but were vulnerable to a humanitarian crisis in their country of origin.
Last year, Italy spent about 10,000. 865 such permits.
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