Citizens block migrant invasion of their Italian town

A small group of refugee women and children were forced to leave a town in northern Italy after locals barricaded the road chanting “we don’t want them here”.

The town of Gorino in Ferrara was asked to accommodate 12 women, one of whom was pregnant, and eight minors who were with them.

As a coach arrived to take the refugees to a publicly-owned hostel, more than 200 locals turned out to block the road with bins, and planks of wood. Gorino itself has a population of only around 500, though some protesters are thought to have come from the larger neighbouring town of Gore.

The refugees had a police escort, but there was no violence, and the mayor of Ferrara has said the women and children will be given homes in other parts of the region.