From file: The CPR in Gradisca d'Isonza | Photo: ANSA/ALICE FUMIS
From file: The CPR in Gradisca d'Isonza | Photo: ANSA/ALICE FUMIS

Italy's guarantor for the rights of detainees, Mauro Palma, on Monday visited the Center for Repatriation (CPR) in Gradisca d'Isonzo, and said the facility "shows the limits of all the CPRs: that of being an empty time in which one waits for a long time for a repatriation that may or may not happen."

Italy's guarantor for the rights of detainees, Mauro Palma, visited the Center for Repatriation (CPR) in Gradisca d'Isonzo in the northeastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) on Monday.

At the end of his visit, he concluded that the center "shows the limits of all the CPRs: that of being an empty time in which one waits for a long time for a repatriation that may or may not happen, which can also cause frustration and violence."

The CPR in Gradisca d'Isonzo currently hosts 88 people from various places, some of whom are staying there on an ongoing basis while others are just passing through on their way to being taken to the nearby Ronchi dei Legionari airport.

"In the meeting with Gorizia prefect Massimo Marchesiello, we talked about finding common goals as well as opportunities for improving the CPR facility and its social life," Palma said.

Management at Gradisca better than other centers

Palma said he hopes the empty time will be "reduced thanks to changes introduced by the security decree that has already been approved by the Lower House and is now being reviewed in the Senate."

The guarantor led a delegation visiting various facilities in the FVG region, including prisons, CPRs, and assisted living facilities, which during the time of Covid have effectively become structures where people are not allowed to freely come and go.

"It must be acknowledged that management at the CPR in Gradisca is more thorough compared to other similar centres in Italy," Palma said.

"From the perspective of the Covid emergency, on the one hand the CPR in Gradisca suffers from a lack of spaces that would be necessary for containing infections; on the other hand the situation currently isn't concerning, because only 10% of the positive cases have symptoms. Of course, the epidemiological situation must be continuously monitored by medical personnel to avoid worsening," he said.

Guarantor's suggestions for improving situation

"Among the improvements that can be made, for example, intercoms to facilitate communication among the various wings of the facility; adjusting the heating system in the rooms where the migrants live, because it blocks when they smoke; and the use of the cafeteria space, after the end of the health emergency obviously, to facilitate a bit of social life," Palma said.

The visit to the region continued on Tuesday with stops in other facilities, including the prison in Gorizia and the REMS centre in Udine for detainees with mental illnesses.

 

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