Law enforcement in front of the centre for repatriations in Ponte Galeria, in Rome | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/FABIO FRUSTACI
Law enforcement in front of the centre for repatriations in Ponte Galeria, in Rome | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/FABIO FRUSTACI

The Italian interior ministry has announced it will reopen the centre for repatriations in Rome at the beginning of June. It also said work is underway to open another four similar structures across Italy.

The Rome center for repatriations (CPR) of Ponte Galeria, in Rome, will go back to being fully operative at the beginning of next month, the Italian interior ministry announced. The wing for male migrants will be reopened with a capacity of 125 people. 

Four new CPRs across Italy

Six other CPRs are currently operating in Italy, with a total of 778 places. They are located in Bari, Brindisi, Caltanissetta, Turin, Palazzo San Gervasio (Potenza), and Trapani. 

Work is underway to open four other CPRs, in Gradisca d'Isonzo (Gorizia), Milan, Macomer (Nuoro), and Modena, which will be able to host up to 392 people. 

The migration and security decree (which has also been dubbed the "Salvini decree", after the interior minister who championed it) that the Italian government introduced last year increased the maximum time migrants can be held in CPR facilities from three to six months. 

Because of this and because the government says it plans to deport more migrants, Rome is planning to increase the number of CPRs to at least one facility for every one of the 20 regions in Italy. "This way expulsion procedures [...] will be more effective, although currently some left-wing regional governors continue to oppose the facilities," interior ministry sources said. 

Toninelli tells Salvini to speed up repatriations 

Meanwhile, migrant flows continue to be a source of conflict within the Italian government. 

Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli told his colleague, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, that he hoped for more effort on migrant repatriation. "An activity that needs to be incentivized is that of repatriations. We expect from the interior minister that there will be improvements in this area starting in September," he said. 
 

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