The Azzurra ship with quarantined migrants docked off the Sicilian port of Augusta | Photo: ANSA/ELISABETTA BARACCHI
The Azzurra ship with quarantined migrants docked off the Sicilian port of Augusta | Photo: ANSA/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

Police in Siracusa, Sicily, on September 11 carried out expulsion orders against 81 irregular migrants. The migrants were on board the quarantine ship Azzurra off the Sicilian port of Augusta.

Police officers in Siracusa carried out 81 expulsion orders against foreign nationals on September 11. The orders were issued by the local prefect against ''economic migrants'' who were irregularly present on Italian territory, officials said. 

The operation took place at the commercial port of Augusta where the Azzurra quarantine ship is docked with 732 foreign passengers on board. The group includes 196 migrants who have completed their quarantine period and have tested negative for COVID-19 for the second time. 

Distribution of migrants 

The police chief of Siracusa issued a measure to send 38 out of the 196 migrants to repatriation centers in Turin (Piedmont), Gradisca d'Isonzo near Gorizia and Brindisi (Puglia). 

The migrants were taken to the three centers and will subsequently be repatriated to their home countries. 

43 others were ordered to leave Italy while two unaccompanied foreign minors were housed in a facility for minors in Rosolini, in the province of Siracusa. 

Another 114 migrants, who are asylum seekers, will be staying in facilities in Emilia Romagna.
 

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