Percorso:ANSA.it > ANSA English > News

Migrants must spend less time in detention, Alfano says

Calls for quicker response to asylum requests

25 March, 14:20
Migrants must spend less time in detention, Alfano says (ANSA) - Rome, March 25 - Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Tuesday called for a reduction in the time spent by undocumented migrants in detention centres in Italy. "Legislation is needed to reduce the time spent in centres for identification and expulsion (CIE)" by speeding up procedures, said Alfano.

The government also intends to boost the system for asylum seekers so responses to applications "arrive sooner", the minister, who is also the leader of the New Centre Right (NCD) party, said.

"We must protect the Mediterranean border, which is a European border, and therefore avoid free (migrant) landings," said Alfano.

"On the other hand we must identify the migrants, grant asylum rights to those who are fleeing war and expel those who enter illegally". Introduced under the 1998 Turco-Napolitano immigration law, Italy's centres for identification and expulsion - initially known as temporary reception centres (CPT) - have come under repeated criticism for alleged inhumanity and abuses of migrants' rights.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © Copyright ANSA