If you’ve been keeping up with the Italian news then the migration crisis should come to no surprise. Italy and other European countries have been handling boatloads of immigrants since 2015 but the question is, is it benefiting or ruining these countries? Take a look at our in-depth timeline and judge for yourself.
June 2015: Italy receives over 60,000 migrants within the last 6 months and recent reports state that illegal immigrants are responsible for roughly 60% of crimes committed in Italy.
September 2015: The Justice and Home Affairs Council voted to relocate 120,000 refugees from Italy and Greece to Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
November 2015: Terrorist attacks take place in Paris killing 130 people. The involved had entered Europe as migrants and refugees. The attacks had European officials re-evaluating migrants and border controls.
February 2016: Italy introduces checks at its border along with a daily cap on the number of immigrants entering the country.
April 2016: Hundreds of activists protested at the Italy-Austria border against immigration and border controls.
June 2018: Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to put an end to illegal immigration and deport 600,000 migrants. Italy starts denying entry to migrants from Libya.
December 2018: The Salvini decree is passed leaving many migrants homeless and without humanitarian protection.
January 2019: According to the European Union, migration is at it’s lowest in five years
March 2019: Migrant camps in Calabria get demolished by the Italian police and Matteo Salvini states that he intends to close down all refugee centres as they have turned into crime-filled communities. As a result of this, many migrates have ended up living on the streets.
June 2019: Over 600 Italian families sign up to host refugees in their homes as part of the Refugees Welcome Italia project. Also at this time, many organizations write to the Italian Premier, Giuseppe Conte to let other ships disembark at Italy’s ports.
July 2019: Approximatley 2,800 migrants have been ordered to leave the country by this point and it is stated that 6,000 more are expected to leave by the end of this year.
September 2019: Matteo Salvini steps down from his position as Interior Minister and is replaced by Luciana Lamorgese, a migration specialist. For the first time this year, migrants from rescue boats are allowed to land at Italy’s ports as it gets authorized by Italy’s new government.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think with a new Interior Minister the migration crisis in Italy will come to an end? Let’s start a discussion in the comment section below.
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