Italian soldiers and Slovenian police at the border | Photo: Archive photo ANSA/MAURO ZOCCHI
Italian soldiers and Slovenian police at the border | Photo: Archive photo ANSA/MAURO ZOCCHI

Italian authorities have deployed an additional 50 soldiers in the northeastern province of Udine to patrol the border with Slovenia and control the irregular entry of migrants from the Balkan route.

A new contingent of 50 soldiers has been deployed since September 18 in the northeastern city of Udine to boost the operation ''Safe roads'' to control the border with Slovenia, the prefecture of Trieste has said.

The additional officials will be deployed mainly to "give further impulse to actions to fight illegal immigration," the prefecture added.

The soldiers, who are members of the Genoa unit Cavalleria IV of Palmanova, will be operating as part of the group in the north-eastern regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia deployed for ''Safe roads''. They will be under the jurisdiction of the police station of Cividale.

'Government's attention on border'

The government's commissioner and prefect of Trieste, Valerio Valenti, said the additional forces are proof of the ''attention which Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese has for this border area and the phenomena that characterize it."

Operations to control the border will be agreed by the prefects of Udine and Pordenone, also in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, and with police forces in the area with ''high flexibility and mobility to deal with changes in illegal immigration'', the official added.

Dialogue with Red Cross to assist migrants

Valenti highlighted the ''great effort of police forces, under the technical coordination of police chiefs, to implement careful measures to control the border area'' and remembered the numerous talks with local mayors to solve issues of common interest, including how to host unaccompanied foreign minors.

He added that talks are ongoing with the regional Red Cross as part of a ''framework agreement'' to assist migrants and monitor their health once they arrive in Italy. The provision, which was originally drafted for landings by sea, was extended to include migrants' arrivals by land.

 

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