Chaos at two major transport hubs deepens ongoing Italy migrant crisis
Italy’s immigration crisis intensified Friday after a build-up of asylum-seekers at two major train stations resulted in clashes with police, an outcry from the right and fresh calls from Rome for EU help.
Milan Central and Rome’s Tiburtina station were left looking like refugee camps at times this week as hundreds of migrants heading to northern Europe saw their progress delayed or halted by a temporary reintroduction of border controls due to Monday’s summit of G-7 leaders in Germany.
In Milan, more than 100 mostly women and children were moved from the station overnight to reception centers and local authorities were offering health checks to dozens of migrants still there on Friday amid concerns over the prevalence of scabies.
In Rome, migrants were reassembling near the site of a makeshift camp that had been forcibly cleared by police on Thursday.
The move followed protests from local businesses that the district was being turned into a no-go area because of security and sanitation issues linked to the presence of the mainly African refugees.
Giorgio Ciconali, a doctor working at Milan Central, told AFP: “There is a lot of scabies and it is being spread by them sleeping rough together, but there is nothing to worry about for people passing through the station.”
John, an 18-year-old Eritrean student, had been in the station for three days, and is hoping to get to Norway, via Switzerland and Germany. “But now it is very difficult to cross the border,” he said.