A delegation of Turkish officials accompanied by members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Turkey and Italy carried out a visit to a CPR repatriation center in in the southern Puglia region in Italy. The aim of the visit was to acquire information on best practices in the management of repatriation centers and the safeguard of human rights, officials said.
A delegation of officials from the Turkish interior ministry, accompanied by members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Turkey and Italy on Thursday (March 31) carried out a visit to the CPR repatriation center of Bari-Polese in the southern Puglia region. The facility is managed by social cooperative Badia Grande.
The aim of the visit, officals said, was to learn about best practices in the management of repatriation centers and the safeguard of the rights of detained persons.
The initiative is part of the EU project "Supporting Removal Centers, Capacities and Fostering Alternatives to Administrative Detention Project."
Bari CPR practices can set example for Turkey
Kadir Guclu, an official of the Turkish interior ministry, said Turkey is facing "an increase of irregular immigrants and CPRs have an important role in fighting this phenomenon. We have decided to travel to Italy because it isn't only a country of transit but often a point of arrival of migration flows, especially from North Africa," he said. "We want to take the good practices we have seen here in Bari as an example for Turkey", Guclu noted.
The CPR of Bari Polese, one of 10 such facilities in Italy, is the second center visited by the Turkish delegation after the Ponte Galeria center in Rome. It has a total capacity of 126 beds but, due to maintenance work, it can currently host 90 people, divided into five housing units for 18 people each.
Giusy Lo Gelfo, who works for the Badia Grande cooperative, explained: "The delegation visited the various areas of the facility and was favorably impressed by the well-kept ambiance and the assistance provided to immigrants. We also worked to make the facility more welcoming by offering activities to guests," including Italian language courses and art labs, she said.