Italy shuts Mineo migrant camp in Sicily

epa07350062 One of the two buses that arrived in the Cara refugees center of Mineo to transfer the first batch of migrants to the Special Assistance Center of Trapani, in Mineo (Catania), Italy, 07 February 2019. The CARA asylum seekers processing center at Mineo in Sicily will be cleared as of 07 February, when the first 50 migrants will be transferred, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on 28 January. Another 100 will follow later next month, he said, with the aim of shutting the facility down by the end of the year. For the moment, he said, families with minors and vulnerable people will be excluded. EPA-EFE/ORIETTA SCARDINO

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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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