Italy’s Asylum Difficulties

“Asylum hell: Italy struggles to deal with migrant influx,” from Russia Today:

As Italy reels from its worst economic crisis in 60 years and unemployment continues to soar, migrants arriving in search of a better life are instead finding disappointment and squalor.

Last month, Italy asked for a complete overhaul of European asylum policies after hundreds of African migrants died when their boat sunk off the coast of Sicily.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said ahead of a European Council meeting that the tragedy, which killed as many as 550 migrants, would not be the last of its kind. He urged the European Union to recognize the crisis as a matter of joint EU responsibility.

Many more migrants successfully arrive to Italy, and Rome is struggling to deal with the growing influx.

EU law obliges all refugees to stay in the country where they receive asylum. Those who manage to escape registration often go further north, but those who can’t are stuck in Italy and are running out of options…

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