Rome’s mayor says ‘no more migrants’

Rome’s populist mayor called on Tuesday for a moratorium on new migrants arriving in the city, warning that setting up additional reception centres risked sparking explosive social tensions in the capital.

In the most significant challenge yet to the centre-left Italian government’s policy of distributing across the country the thousands of migrants arriving at southern ports, Virginia Raggi said it was ‘time to listen to the citizens of Rome.’

‘We cannot permit the creation of more social tensions,’ Raggi, a member of the populist Five Star Movement, wrote on her Facebook page.