Migrants and asylum seekers at the CARA refugee center in Castelnuovo di Porto, Rome, 22 January 2019. | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Percossi
Migrants and asylum seekers at the CARA refugee center in Castelnuovo di Porto, Rome, 22 January 2019. | Photo: ANSA/Massimo Percossi

Members of the center-right in the region of Umbria are angry that the regional government has decided to allocate approximately 1,000 euros for every migrant excluded from the Salvini security decree.

The central region of Umbria, which is governed by a President from the center-left Democratic Party (PD), has allocated approximately 1,000 euros to cities for each migrant cut out of the reception system due to the Salvini security decree. It did so by making a change to the region's unified text on health and social services. 


The center-right is in uproar over the decision, which goes into effect immediately with 70,000 euros in 2019. The measure, Resolution 110 of February 4, was pre-adopted by the regional government. With a new article (264 bis) the region wants to protect migrants who live in Umbria and do not have access to reception services but remain in need after measures which have come into effect as a result of the new 'Security and migration decree' passed in November 2018.  

Regional councillor Marco Squarta of the far-right 'Brothers of Italy' party and spokesperson for the center-right said the funds, "aimed at city projects for those in need, would have been better invested in welfare and measures to support Umbrian families, whose living conditions continue to worsen." He called the Marini government's decision "inopportune and debatable" and announced that the center-right will "impede the approval of these measures in every way." 

Center-right criticism

"It's unthinkable cutting 70,000 euros of public resources aimed at Umbrians to finance aid projects for immigrants," said Barbara Saltamartini, the Commissioner for Terni from the far-right anti-immigrant League party. "The region of Umbria is pursuing its personal political battle against Matteo Salvini's security decree, but once again it's the citizens who are penalised," Saltamarini said in a statement. 

The head of the League in the Umbrian regional council, Emanuele Fiorini, said the decision was "senseless" and a "slap in the face of Umbrian citizens". He called on Marini to "take a step back and use the 70,000 euros for some of Umbria's real priorities." 
 

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