Italy shuts Mineo migrant camp in Sicily

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Interior minister Matteo Salvini announced the closure of a reception centre for asylum seekers in Sicily.

The decision to close the Mineo asylum camp in Sicily came after the number of asylum seekers there declined from 2,526 a year ago to 152.

Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party, said that the policy of closing ports had already brought about the closure of other big migrant centres and “now it’s Mineo’s turn, which we will close in July”.

He said the closure was “good news” for residents, citing the murder of an elderly couple in 2015 at the hands of an Ivorian teenager who had been living in the camp.

The decision was announced as Italy’s cabinet passed an emergency decree targeting migrant rescue boats.


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