Migration: 887 refugees arrive in Trapani

Caltagirone mayor says 250 minors sent without notification

06 May, 14:05

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, MAY 6 - An Italian navy ship arrived in the Trapani port on Tuesday morning carrying 887 refugees rescued the previous day south of Lampedusa. There were 191 minors among them. Migrant reception centers in Trapani are full and on Monday Prefect Calogero Falco announced that he would be asking the national government to transfer the migrants to other centers. The Caltagirone municipal administration has meanwhile criticized the arrival in the city ''without notifying local authorities'' of 250 migrants under age 18, housed in a building on the southern outskirts of the city that seems ''utterly unfit'' for the purpose. Tests ruling out the presence of tuberculosis have been ordered for 49 of them. ''We understand that it is an emergency,'' Mayor Nicola Bonanno said, ''but it is unacceptable that the burden is placed entirely on the town council and other local authorities, without taking into consideration the impact on our community.

    Alongside the public health authority and the police, we have set up an operations room to deal with the situation.'' The town councillor for citizen services, Chiara Gulizia, said that ''it seems that the facilities were neither authorized nor in possession of the necessary requirements. We will ask the juvenile prosecutors offices of Catania and Caltagirone to ascertain responsibility for the situation.'' Councillor for safety Egidio Sinatra said that the city ''has facilities that are almost ready and once operative will be able hold 88 non-accompanied minors. However, the ministry has not been paying for the work since January.'' (ANSAmed).

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