Around 2,000 migrants are expected to leave Italy per month as humanitarian residency permits expire, following the passage of the migration and security decree drafted by populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
The new migrant and security decree, which is set to come into effect in January 2019, scraps the humanitarian residency permit. Those currently living in Italy with the humanitarian permits will not be able to renew them and face deportation instead, Il Giornale reports.
The law will also affect those currently in the waiting process for the residency permit as they will find themselves labelled as illegal migrants and will be given two weeks’ notice to leave the country.
Of the total number of asylum seekers who have requested asylum with the Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR), around 33 per cent have requested or obtained humanitarian residency permits that were previously renewable on a two-year basis.
By the end of 2020, an estimated 32,000 migrants are believed to be affected by the changes and see their residency revoked.