A moment of the disembarkation of 73 migrants on board the MSF-run Geo Barents ship which reached the port of Ancona in the Marches region on January 12, 2023 | Photo: ANSA/DAVIDE GENNARI
A moment of the disembarkation of 73 migrants on board the MSF-run Geo Barents ship which reached the port of Ancona in the Marches region on January 12, 2023 | Photo: ANSA/DAVIDE GENNARI

The prefecture of the Marches city of Ancona has decided where to house the migrants who have reached the Adriatic port city on board NGO-run migrant-rescue ships Ocean Viking and Geo Barents.

The unaccompanied minors who arrived in Ancona last week on board the humanitarian vessels run by SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders will remain in the Marches region, while adults will be relocated to the northern region of Lombardy, the city’s prefecture has said.

The mayor of Ancona mentioned the city of Bresso but the prefect has not indicated a specific location.

Senigallia hosts 39 minors who reached Ancona

The 39 unaccompanied minors who reached Ancona on January 10 and January 12, respectively on migrant-rescue ships Ocean Viking and Geo Barents, are aged 14 to 17 and come from Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea, Chad and Ghana.

They are being hosted by Catholic charity Caritas in a facility in the Marches city of Senigallia, near Ancona. They will stay at the facility for a maximum of 30 days, said the prefecture of Ancona, which is coordinating the humanitarian operation, and the associations involved.

The teens will be subsequently moved to other facilities for longer, more organized stays, Caritas said. "We have been asked by the prefecture of Ancona to open a temporary hosting centre for minors in the city," the local chapter of Caritas said.

"In agreement with the mayor, we have made every effort possible to deal with this new emergency, which strongly involves us from a human standpoint. As Caritas, with the great support of Bishop Franco Manenti and on behalf of the entire diocese, we are very happy to give our affection and some peace to these kids after the terrible experience they endured to be here," they added.

Adults who disembarked from Geo Barents to stay in Lombardy

Democratic Left (PD) Ancona Mayor Valeria Mancinelli told journalists on the sidelines of a press conference in the city that the prefecture and police headquarters have said that the 55 migrant adults who reached Ancona on January 12 on board the Geo Barents run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) "will go to Lombardy, I believe in Bresso".

Prefect Darco Pellos later confirmed that the adults would go to Lombardy, without however specifying in which city. Mancinelli, whose mandate will soon expire, also did not comment on a recent controversy between the interior ministry and the two NGOs that complained about the 1,500-kilometer-long journey imposed amid rough seas when they were assigned the port of Ancona.

She said that, as mayor, "I give prevalence to the institutional relationship which the municipality has, and must have, with other institutions, regardless of the political majority."

Mancinelli said she was annoyed by political squabbling and "left it to others."

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