Rome (NEV / Riforma.it) March 16, 2019 – More security or more illegal migrants? This is the question that arises from the conversation between Claudio Geymonat (Riforma.it) and Simone Alterisio (Waldensian Diaconry in Ventimiglia).
The recent Decree on migration has among its effects the dismantling of the reception system, the downsizing of the SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees), the cancellation of inclusion programs. As a consequence more people are forced to sleep on the streets in cities and along the borders.
Ventimiglia (Ligurian Region, border with France) is one of these places from where buses loaded with ‘deported’ people leave for the hotspot of Taranto (Southern Italy) to start procedures of expulsion. Expulsions which will seldom happen since Italy has bilateral agreements in this sense only with a few nations. Ventimiglia is the place where even minors are rejected by France and where unlawful practices are implemented. Those practices, in the long run, will be paid by the community in social and economical terms.
Moreover, according to data from the Institute for the international policy studies (ISPI), by 2020 the abolition of humanitarian protection alone will produce a number of new irregular migrants ranging between 60,000 and 100,000 units (of which less than 10% will actually be repatriated).
Alterisio interprets what is feared by many associations and organizations dealing with the migration phenomenon: “Of course, in the short term the picture appears tragically clear: an enemy has been created, the foreigners, to make their regular stay on the Italian soil almost impossible; they are sent on the streets, the perceived insecurity grows with resounding press campaigns, and some political forces will have an easy time to make an electoral campaign on the need for greater protection. But in the long run all this will probably become a boomerang: if you put tens of thousands people on the streets, sooner or later the phenomenon will have to be managed and the contradictions we are now witnessing will explode”.