Italy builds new detention centers to accelerate migrant deportations

  • Liis Einstein
  • 19.5.2017 07:51

The Italian Government announced on 9 May that it will open new detention centres in coming months to accelerate deportations of illegal migrants. According to government officials, 45-50 % of immigrants from the new centres will be deported.

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti stressed that migrants must be detained to ensure their deportations. The officials working in the detention centres had failed to determine the identity and nationality of most migrants. Italy is under the pressure of migrant flows, nearly 45 000 migrants have arrived this year, which is 40% more compared to 2016. At the moment the estimated number of migrants in Italy is 175 000 and their accommodation and primary care requires billions of euros from the government. On 11 May, the Italian and German governments called for an EU mission to the Libya-Niger border to control the migrant flows by the sea. Libya has long struggled to control its 5,000-kilometre long southern border. The EU is seeking to support the development of local communities as well as providing technical and financial aid to Libya.

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