Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini has declared that one of the new government’s top priorities will be to round up hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in Italy, as promised in campaign
. Hours after the government was approved by the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, Salvini said: “Open doors in Italy for good people and a one-way ticket for those who come to Italy to create commotion and think they will be taken care of. ‘Send them home’ will be one of our top priorities.” He previosly campaigned on a pledge to deport about 500,000 migrants living illegally in Italy. However it’s appreciated that Italy did not have the resources or legal flexibility to pursue costly mass deportations. Under current rules, every migrant who is deported by plane must be escorted by two Italian agents, at an estimated cost of €3,000 (£2,600) per migrant.
Calogero Santoro who is the head of Girasoli, a non-profit organisation that promotes the integration of migrants and refugees in local communities in Sicily, said: “Fake news about migrants have spread all over Italy during the last campaign. My concern is the future of asylum seekers, people who are eligible for a refugee status. What will happen to them under [Salvini’s] League?” Migration experts are also worried by the possibility that Salvini could reduce funding for reception centres which have already been criticised by human right groups for poor conditions.