A fire fighter from the dog unit of the Trieste provincial command as it conducts checks in the border area between Italy and Slovenia in July 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Mauro Zocchi
A fire fighter from the dog unit of the Trieste provincial command as it conducts checks in the border area between Italy and Slovenia in July 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Mauro Zocchi

The authorities of Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia region say that moe than 100 migrants were tracked down by border police between Sunday and Tuesday in the Trieste region, near the Slovenian border. Meanwhile, the local governor once again criticized the Rome government.

The migrants were reportedly mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan and had arrived in Italy via the Balkan route. Among them are minors and families from Syria and Iraq.

Border police stopped a total of 40 people on Sunday. On Monday, they stopped 40 migrants walking towards the city. And on Tuesday morning, 21 people were tracked down by officers.

Following identification procedures, they will undergo a quarantine as a security measure against COVID-19.

Governor criticizes Rome

The governor of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Massimiliano Fedriga, recently expressed his support for the decision of Sicilian governor Nello Musumeci to dismantle hotspots and migrant reception centers in his region.

"The president of the region of Sicily Musumeci did very well," Federiga said, arguing that the Sicilian decree was ''the result of a lack of response from the government that we, as Friuli Venezia Giulia, also lament.''

League party member Fedriga has long criticized the center-left government's migration policy. He has said that FVG has not been given enough support to deal with the number of migrants in the region and has suggested that migrants are a threat to the health of his constituents amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The regional secretary of the Democratic Party (PD), Cristiano Shaurli, countered Fedriga's latest statements, saying that "the League-influenced right never finds any solution, ..., never takes on any responsibility and always shifts the blame for its own inability to others." He added: "Nightclubs should not be closed, says Fedriga.... [League] councillors go on holiday to Croatia and we can see where the latest infections are coming from. But obviously like parrots that speak only about migrants."

 

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