Migrants walking along the Roja river, near Ventimiglia, towards the French border. Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy, June 26, 2017 | Photo: ANSA/ CHIARA CARENINI
Migrants walking along the Roja river, near Ventimiglia, towards the French border. Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy, June 26, 2017 | Photo: ANSA/ CHIARA CARENINI

The association Caritas Intermelia in Ventimiglia denounced that French authorities are pushing back about 100 migrants daily to the Italian border.

The volunteer association Caritas Intermelia in Ventimiglia said it has counted 130 migrants journeying in the past two days and 761 since the start of the year, while about 100 are being pushed back every day by French authorities. 


The pushbacks, in particular, regard foreigners who illegally entered France from Italy. 

People forced to camp in public places 

The president of Caritas Intermelia, Maurizio Marmo, said Campo Roja, the Red Cross migrant reception center in Ventimiglia, is still closed to new arrivals, and therefore "people are forced to camp in public places." 

"In these years we have learned, based on stories from those who are journeying, that Ventimiglia is only one of many stops on the journey, which until here has been frightening," Marmo said. 

"We have learned that people can't be stopped and it isn't possible to modify a human being's migratory plan," he said. 

761 migrants in transit registered in 2020 

Caritas in Ventimiglia has registered a total of 761 migrants in transit thus far in 2020. 

It has provided 3,075 meals and distributed 800 clothing and hygiene kits. 

In terms of nationalities, 23% of the foreigners are Sudanese, followed by Algeria and Nigeria (9%), Morocco (8%), Eritrea (5%), and Somalia and Afghanistan (4%).
 

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