Migrants sit in their boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship Vega (unseen) off the coast of Sicily, in this handout picture courtesy of the Italian Marina Militare released on May 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Marina Militare

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

From a pristine Alpine valley to the country club suburbs of Rome, government efforts to find temporary accommodation for a seemingly endless wave of economic migrants and asylum seekers have run into opposition that far right politicians portray as a backlash against the unprecedented level of new arrivals.

Not true, says Augusto Rollandin, the president of Val d’Aosta, a picturesque region in the foothills of the Alps that is point blank refusing to accept any more than the modest total of 62 asylum seekers it is currently housing.

The region, he says, simply does not have the facilities to put any more people up in decent conditions.

“It is not an ideological position. It is not about being selfish,” he insists…

  • You can’t expect them to host unlimited numbers of migrants just to appease some distant bureaucrat’s kumbaya fantasy.

  • G

    The news calls them migrants. i call them useless, unemployable wastes of oxygen.
    Oh well, pot-tay-toh, pot-taw-to

  • Shebel

    Maybe the Mafia will start to realize that money is not everything.

  • Dana Garcia

    Doesn’t the Vatican have some space to spare? Francis has spoken so generously about “migrants” — he can make some room, surely.

    • Frau Katze

      Time to tell him just that.

    • tom_billesley

      German protestant churches have them sleeping between the pews.

  • Shebel

    There is nothing better than a good Catholic.
    We ,Protestants- already know that we are not very good.

  • Hard Little Machine

    These are the laws they fought to embrace. These are the values they beat into everyone’s head every day with the threat of arrest. Good enough for me, good luck and godspeed.

    • tom_billesley

      Disillusion follows delusion as night follows day.