Five new shelters that will house migrant and refugee families and minors are to open in Ventimiglia, in northern Italy. The centers will also host Italians who are in need.
Five buildings in northern Italy will be converted into shelters for foreign families and minors with legal residency papers as well as needy Italians, such as victims of domestic violence, Defence Undersecretary Giorgio Mulè announced on Monday.
New shelters for migrant families, minors
The buildings are located in the city of Ventimiglia, the village of Pigna and the town of Bordighera, in northwestern Italy near the French border.
In Ventimiglia, former barracks are supposed to be turned into a center for families; and Villa Catina, a building managed by humanitarian association Ancora, which will offer housing for unaccompanied minors.
In Pigna, two former barracks will be used as shelters -- after renovations, Villa Manfredi and Motta are supposed to host families.
In Bordighera, a building near the Red Cross headquarter, currently being used by civil protection, will be turned into housing for people in need.
The announcement came Monday during a summit in Ventimiglia attended by Mulè as well as Ventimiglia Mayor Gaetano Scullino and Bordighera Mayor Vittorio Ingenito.
Mulè said the goal was to "avoid concentrating, as has happened in the past, transiting migrants in Ventimiglia" through a network of shelters for migrants with legal residency permits in the region. He said that "Ventimiglia is a transit point in which the data tells us that about 70% of foreigners stopped are here legally, already have a stay permit and authorized to move about."