A deposit of 5,000 euros will be requested from migrants whose asylum applications are rejected in Italy, to avoid being sent to a holding center. Nearly 133,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the country this year, almost double the number last year.
Migrants whose asylum applications are rejected in Italy will have to pay a bail of 5,000 euros or risk being sent to a detention center while his appeal is being examined, according to a decree published in the official gazette.
This announcement provoked condemnation from the left-wing opposition. This financial guarantee is intended to cover a person’s accommodation and subsistence costs for one month, as well as repatriation costs if their application is definitively rejected.
The time that irregular immigrants may be detained before their expulsion has also been increased to 18 months.
This has been a record year for immigrant arrivals in Italy. It is estimated that So far, nearly 133,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the country, almost double of those registered last year and triple that in 2021.
Arrivals to the island slow down due to bad weather
Meanwhile, after last week’s rush, arrivals to Lampedusa have slowed down with the arrival of bad weather. Almost all the migrants who have arrived on the island in recent days have been transferred to Sicily or the peninsulaa.
The Lampedusa migrant holding center, with a capacity for 400 people, which a few days ago was overcrowded, now has just over 100 people.
The executive’s intention is discourage departures from North Africa and prevent the Italian authorities from being legally obliged to release foreigners subject to an expulsion order if the expulsion procedure has not been completed within the stipulated period.