Some tents set up on the outskirts of Trieste for quarantining migrants who arrive in the province | Photo: ANSA/ALICE RITA FUMIS
Some tents set up on the outskirts of Trieste for quarantining migrants who arrive in the province | Photo: ANSA/ALICE RITA FUMIS

While migrant disembarkations continue in southern Italy, authorities are concerned over an increase in the arrival of foreigners using the Balkan route, passing through Slovenia to arrive in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Migrant arrivals to Italy continue -- the region of Sicily was assigned a second ship for the quarantine of migrants for the isolation of those entering the country. 

But migrants are arriving not only through disembarkations in the south, but also from the north, through the land border with Slovenia. 

Two weeks ago week a "notable upturn" was seen in groups of migrants in Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG), who reached Italy through the Balkan route. 

According to figures from the regional government, in one week between April and the start of May, more than 150 migrants arrived in Trieste. 

The four facilities in the city currently being used for quarantine are at risk of being insufficient. 

In fact, Trieste prefect and FVG government commissioner Valerio Valenti said that given "the difficulty of the moment", some areas with tents have been set up on the city's outskirts. 

'We're playing it by ear'

"We're playing it by ear," said Valenti. "I'm confident that by making use of a broader area of Trieste, we can manage to redistribute migrants for the 15 days of quarantine in the regional territory," he said. 

He said turnover of migrants, both of those entering quarantine and those leaving, must also be taken into consideration. 

In the meantime, however, the four facilities set aside for quarantining migrants -- the scout hostel in Prosecco with 122 people, where tents have been set up nearby; the Casa Malala (59 people); the Hotel Transilvania in Fernetti (30 people) and the Hotel Villa Nazareth (39 people) -- are struggling, according to figures released by the regional councillor for security, Pierpaolo Roberti. 

"It would be appropriate to restart dialogue with the Slovenian government," Roberti said. 

'Consistent increase' 

Comparing the flows of the first quarter of 2019 with those of the same period in 2020, and considering the coronavirus emergency, Valenti said it "offers very little comfort to have passed from 1,765 to 1,163 in four months, because in January the increase was consistent, from 270 to 388, and recently the trend has definitely gone back to increasing."

He said in the meantime, at the end of the quarantine, the process is the same as last year, with the distribution plan of some migrants to other regions to ensure maintaining a territorial level of presence that isn't excessive.

"We have the authorization to transfer two groups to Abruzzo and Marche," he said. 

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