20,000 migrants could be ejected from Italy’s shelters after government says it has run out of funds to house them

Up to 20,000 migrants and asylum seekers could be turfed onto the streets in Italy because of a shortfall in funding for the country’s overstretched reception centres, the interior ministry has warned.

A budget shortfall of 60 million euros could lead to the closing of some reception centres within weeks.

Migrants would then have to fend for themselves but would also be free to try to head towards the wealthier countries of northern Europe, including Britain.