The photo shows a migrant being treated in Trieste by volunteers from the Linea d'Ombra association for injuries sustained along their journey using the Balkan route | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ MAURO DONATO
The photo shows a migrant being treated in Trieste by volunteers from the Linea d'Ombra association for injuries sustained along their journey using the Balkan route | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ MAURO DONATO

Authorities in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy along the border with Slovenia report that from January 1 to May 10, the territory had seen a 20% increase in migrants entering compared with the same period of 2020.

"As concerns immigration, the figures are rising even along the Balkan route. In the the Friuli Venezia Giulia region" of northeastern Italy, along the border with Slovenia, "from the first of January to May 10, we saw a 20% increase on the same period of 2020" of migrant entrances, regional councillor Pierpaolo Roberti said.

He was speaking at a May 12 videoconference meeting of the Security Commission of the Conference of Regions.

"Since it is one of the gates of entrance to Italy, exactly like Sicily, we must arrange quarantine areas for 14 days for those entering our territory," Roberti said.

No readmissions to Slovenia since February

In his speech, the councillor spoke at length on some details of migration in this part of the country.

"Asylum seekers in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region are certainly not entering for the first time into the Schengen area, since they have already crossed other European Union states and surely at least Slovenia. Thus," the councillor said, "these people arrive in our territory without any advance notice since the route, from the camps where they are lodged in Bosnia to our region, is rather short."

From his view, "another aspect of concern is that since February there have not been any official readmissions to Slovenia as a consequence of the ruling by the Court of Rome. In contrast, on the basis of bilateral accords, at the border between France and Italy French police send back between 80 and 120 people per day."

'Very difficult months ahead'

In speaking about Slovenia, Roberti said that "having few police available, our neighbors introduced regulations enabling police from other EU countries to guard the border between Slovenia and Croatia. It seems that there will soon be police from Poland, Estonia, and Lithuania, and there is interest also on the part of Germany and Austria."

Italy, instead, "does not seem to be involved in this project. We feel it is incomprensibile that the forces of law and order in our state cannot collaborate with their Slovenian counterparts in guarding the border with Croatia and thus prevent indiscriminate arrivals into our territory."

He warned that "we are at the beginning of the summer season and we have very difficult months ahead, with migration flows that will continue well into autumn."

 

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