Migrants receive clothing from volunteers (Chris Warde-Jones)
City officials have closed a migrant reception area overlooking the Milan train station’s main entrance hall where hundreds have been sleeping this week amid increasing health and sanitation concerns.
Milan’s Mayor Giuliano Pisapia told reporters at the station Saturday that progress has been made, saying “You can see that at the Central Station there is no more degradation.”
“Now we have to resolve the problem as regards the refugees to have a situation that doesn’t give the image of people sleeping on the ground without the assistance we had hoped for,” Pisapia said.
Alberto Sinigallia, the head of the Progetto Arca charity, said the mezzanine area was closed overnight after a new center with beds was opened, but that about 150 migrants slept outside the station. Migrants had been received in the mezzanine, within an arm’s length of passing tourists and commuters, for the last 20 months.
Some 300-400 migrants, mostly Eritreans arriving from southern Italy after being rescued at sea, have been sleeping in and around the station the last few nights because of a lack of beds in city-organized centers…