Italy: Row over migrant beds as boat arrivals intensify

So-called minors amuse themselves at a reception centre in Sicily, September, 2014

Italy’s interior ministry has ordered regional prefects to find emergency housing for an influx of boat migrants, sparking criticism on Tuesday over the government’s handling of a crisis that looks set to intensify.

A surge in attempted illegal crossings from the coast of north Africa saw nearly 8,500 migrants rescued between Friday and Monday, reigniting a debate in Italy over whether or not the country has a duty to house all new arrivals.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is “looking for another 6,500 beds for immigrants,” said Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-immigrant Northern League, which has made the crisis one of its platforms ahead of regional elections in May.

“I ask the League’s governors, mayors, assessors and councillors to say no, with every means, to every new arrival. The League is ready to occupy every hotel, hostel, school or barracks intended for the alleged refugees,” Salvini said on Facebook on Tuesday…

Related: (AP, April 15, 2015) A look at EU’s handling of the Mediterranean migrant influx: …They come from countries including Eritrea, Niger, Syria, Iraq and Somalia…The EU also wants to set up immigration screening centers in Libya’s neighbors; Niger, Tunisia and Egypt.

(April 14, 2015) 846 migrants disembark in Lampedusa

(April 14, 2015) Approximately 400 dead as boat sinks off coast of Libya

  • Icebow

    Why can’t they just tow them back to Africa?

    • Guest

      ♥❧♥❧♥❧I RECEIVED FIRST DRAFT OF $13000!@ak25:




    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …no kidding…get caught crossing the Boundary Canoe Waters Area and you’ll get thrown in jail.

      • Icebow

        Frigate: ‘Ooh, I’m really afraid’….

  • Dana Garcia

    How much diversity will be enough? The chattering class and the politicians never ask that question.

    Plus, no reports ever include a connection with the high levels of unemployment for europeans now. I suppose the Africans will be shown the welfare office and be expected to mooch benefits, and taxpayers will just take it.

  • The Goat

    I’m sure glad that putting all these invaders up in hotels doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything. Everyone knows living in hotels is cheap.

  • no4

    The majority will head for France, with the Francophones remaining there, and the English speakers heading for Calais.
    8,500 rescued, so how many got through undetected?
    500,000 waiting in Libya.
    Nobody has the balls to do anything about.
    Something has to give sooner or later.

    • Many will try for Britain who are even more foolishly benevolent.

  • andycanuck

    Is the hockey net Canadian foreign aid?

  • Kathy Nelson

    All Italy needs to do is throw a few mattresses down on the boat deck for these illegal

    aliens to use during their deportation.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Is anyone seriously supposed to care? Really?

  • Pontifex Maximus