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…