Joint patrols for the area along the border between Italy and Slovenia to stem the flow of illegal arrivals in Friuli Venezia Giulia from its eastern border | Photo: ANSA/CRISTIANA MISSORI
Joint patrols for the area along the border between Italy and Slovenia to stem the flow of illegal arrivals in Friuli Venezia Giulia from its eastern border | Photo: ANSA/CRISTIANA MISSORI

The mayors of three cities in Italy's northeastern Friuli Venezia Giulia region have sent a letter to the Italian government to express concern over the arrival of migrants in the region.

The mayors of Italy's Trieste, Gorizia and Tarvisio have sent a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on the issue of asylum seekers arriving in the region

The mayors -- Roberto Dipiazza, Rodolfo Ziberna and Renzo Zanette -- noted that there is a lack of quarantine facilities for unaccompanied foreign minors in Trieste and Gorizia. 

'Unmanageable situation' 

''In this period,'' the mayors of the three cities in Italy's northeastern Friuli Venezia Giulia region noted in the letter, saying they were concerned, ''there are dozens of arrivals daily in Gorizia, Trieste and Tarvisio of asylum seekers coming, presumably, from Turkish refugee centers." 

"Among them there is a growing number of unaccompanied foreign minors, for the reception of whom the municipalities -- thanks in part to the €6 million allocated by the Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia regional government to add to an insufficient amount of funds from the national level -- have always played a fundamental role despite strong doubts about the actual age of many of them," the letter added.

Now, however, the letter continued, "due to COVID-19, the situation is becoming unmanageable and there is the need for urgent state intervention making it possible to resolve a situation that includes public healthcare" concerns. 

No space left in Trieste and Gorizia 

The mayors noted in the letter that, in Trieste and Gorizia, "there is no space left for the mandatory quarantine for those arriving from abroad." 

Therefore, ''we are asking with the maximum urgency for state intervention'' to resolve the problem, as well as ''the activation of diplomatic action by the government to block the resumption of flows on the Balkan route''. 

They concluded by urging strengthening of border control as well.
 

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