Migrants being evicted from the former Turin Olympic village |Photo: ANSA/ ALESSANDRO DI MARCO
Migrants being evicted from the former Turin Olympic village |Photo: ANSA/ ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

The last two buildings of the former Turin Olympic village (MOI), which had for years been used as informal housing for migrants, have been evacuated. ''We are moving forward with the evictions and the return to legality across all Italy, after years of waiting and silence,'' Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said.

The clearing of the last two buildings of the former Turin Olympic village (MOI), which had for years been used as informal housing for migrants, has been completed. 


The buildings had been inhabited by 350 people, mostly of North African origins. 

The move on Monday was the last of the 'gradual' eviction, which had begun in November 2017 and which included the relocation of the migrants as part of a plan implemented by the prefect's office, the police station, and the Turin town council alongside dioceses, the Piedmont regional government, and the Compagnia di San Paolo. 

Turin deputy mayor announces work to begin in autumn 

''The buildings will be secured and in autumn work is slated to begin. The aim is to create a mix of social housing, student dorms, and temporary lodgings, in such a way avoiding the creation of ghettoes,'' Turin deputy mayor Sonia Schellino said. ''The people are ready and happy to leave. They will now have a place to stay and job opportunities.'' 

Salvini calls for evictions to continue across Italy 

''We are moving forward with evictions and a return to legality across all of Italy, after years of waiting and silence,'' Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said. ''We have given an area back to the city a year ahead of schedule. This means that it could be done and that, to those who were managing the thing until three months ago, meaning the Chiamparino town council, perhaps they wanted it that way,'' said Piedmont regional councillor for security Fabrizio Ricca. 

''The town council, since Salvini became minister,'' Ricca added, ''agreed to the speeding up''. The councillor, who is also head of the League party in the Turin town council, said that ''the last eviction was to have occurred in November and instead it has now already been completed. The people will be relocated after a preliminary stage in reception centers. This is an added guarantee for us.''
 

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