“A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks a New Approach,” Sylvia Poggioli for NPR:
With mild weather ahead, southern Europe is once again bracing for new boatloads of would-be migrants and asylum seekers from North Africa.
Italy has borne the brunt of this migrant flow for two decades, and it has responded with one of Europe’s most repressive laws on illegal immigration.
But now the Italian parliament is trying to scrap a law that has made migrants vulnerable to exploitation and human rights abuses. The existing law has also produced detention camps where undocumented migrants are held in harsh conditions.
One example is the Ponte Galeria camp, which is near Rome’s international airport, surrounded by open fields. But inside it’s grim and gray.
Detainees are locked behind bars in what look like cages. At the sight of visitors, they shout their various laments.
The camp has been in the media spotlight since late January when more than a dozen Moroccan migrants staged a demonstration…