Italy deporting more than 1,000 migrants a month

TMP – 31/05/2017

Italian authorities have so far this year sent back at 6,242 rejected asylum seekers – the equivalent to returning over 1000 each month.

This is a 24 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Many of those returned are from North African countries.

Italy is now focused onseeking the cooperation ofother countries to provide positive identifications of undocumented migrants so that they can be returned to their home countries quicker. This had previously been a stumbling block in returning Tunisian terrorist, Anis Amri, who drove a lorry into a Berlin market in December murdering 12 people. Italy had attempts deport him thwarted when Tunisia refused to accept him as a Tunisian national.

In 2016, 18,684 migrants were repatriated from Italy through deals with North African countries.

In addition, the Italian government has begun hiring more staff to examine asylum applications in an attempt to cut the procedure from two years to six months.

Migrants are also being spread as thinly as possible throughout Italy to stop ghettos forming. The disadvantage is that migrants often end up in small towns, where training and language courses are scarce.