Migrants waiting to be hosted at a permanent facility | Phot: ANSA archive/ Alessandro Di Meo
Migrants waiting to be hosted at a permanent facility | Phot: ANSA archive/ Alessandro Di Meo

Nearly 9,000 migrants are currently housed in Rome and its province in 70 different structures, but there are also many others who come to the capital on their own and don't filter through official assistance channels.

According to data from the Rome Prefecture, 8,600 migrants are being hosted in official structures as of June this year. Of these, 5,581 were being housed in centres managed directly by the prefecture, known as CARA (Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers) and CIE (Centre for Identification and Expulsion); and 3,028 in structures managed by the city government and other towns in the province as part of the SPRAR programme (System for the Protection of Refugees and Asylum Seekers). 

Rough estimates put the number of migrants in transit who enter the city on a daily basis at between 300 to 500. They aim to reach other destinations and they don't register with any official aid channels in the city. 

The migrant quota, established by the Interior Ministry on a regional basis, is 9 percent for the region of Lazio. There are about 16,000 migrants officially registered in the region, over half of whom are living in the capital and its province. 

Regular migrants increased 192 percent in 10 years 

In December, the Rome Prefecture put a plan in place to provide reception for 8,074 asylum seekers in Rome and its province. The cost to the city government is more than 103 million euros. In Lazio, in addition to the increase in migrants seeking asylum, the number of regularly documented migrants has gone up 192 percent in 10 years, according to the EURES European job mobility database.

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of regular migrants rose from 218,000 to 636,000, with 524,000 of those in Rome alone. Over half were between 15-39 years old, with 16 percent aged 14 and under and 3 percent over 65. 

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