Thirty flats in an apartment complex in central Italy will be used to house about a hundred refugees who fled Ukraine. The units were confiscated from an entrepreneur found guilty of financial crimes.
After a court in Milan found a 76-year-old Italian entrepreneur and metal trader guilty of tax fraud and financial crimes dating back to between 1995 and 2013, authorities decided that homes seized from the man should be used to host Ukrainian refugees.
The man had reportedly used illicit funds to finance a company that bought a building with 40 flats in the Grosseto province not far from Terme di Saturnia (a thermal bath resort and spa), in central Italy -- which led to the seizure of the property.
Most flats can host up to three refugees
As legal administrator, the Italian agency for seized and confiscated assets has ordered the temporary assignment of the flats to the Grosseto prefect's office to allow refugees to live in them until December 31. This was done on the basis of recent regulations introduced in Italy due to the "serious international crisis underway in Ukrainian territory."
Most of the units that will host refugees are relatively small apartments -- measuring about 35 square meters with up to three beds in them. One unit, however, measures almost 100 square meters and can host up to 6 people.