A makeshift camp in San Ferdinando, southern Italy on December 2, 2018 | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro Sgherri
A makeshift camp in San Ferdinando, southern Italy on December 2, 2018 | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro Sgherri

A southern Italian regional government has pledged €2 million to assist migrants in the coronavirus emergency. Measures, which were announced on Tuesday, include assisting residents at the informal camps of San Ferdinando and Piana di Sibari to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The welfare councilor of the southern Italian region of Calabria on Tuesday announced that the region will be spending €2 million in European and State funds to assist migrants.

Part of the sum allocated by the regional government will be used to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the tent camp of San Ferdinando and at other overcrowded informal settlements in the plane of Sibari, Welfare Councilor Gianluca Gallo said.

Resources for healthcare interventions

In a statement, Gallo said the measures were "part of the project agreed with the European Union and the social policies ministry to assist migrants and help them integrate."

According to Gallo, the measures would now be urgently implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19, given that the migrant settlements could be affected by outbreaks "with negative repercussions on migrants and the entire Calabria" region.

Measures will include providing medical assistance to migrants, as urged by local administrators, Catholic charity Caritas and other associations, the councilor said.

Gallo thanks institutions, associations

"The region will contact ASL local health authorities and the prefectures involved" to discuss the measures to be implemented "as soon as possible," Gallo said.

The councilor explained that regional authorities will be providing assistance to migrants in coordination with other local institutions and volunteer groups operating in San Ferdinando. Gallo publicly thanked the organizations for carrying out their work under difficult conditions.

Measures will also be taken at camps in Sibari and Corigliano, Gallo added.

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