“Not only do we need to strengthen the military garrison and expand the mixed patrols with Slovenia, but we risk that these efforts will be thwarted if we do not return to informal readmissions of migrants by Slovenia.” This was stated by the Italian Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Interior Nicola Molteni (Lega Salvini) on the sidelines of a meeting. “Migration flows by land via the Balkan route have increased again, the numbers are rising significantly, 20-25% more than in 2020,” he said. “We need a serious political decision to return to informal readmissions to signal that Italy is paying due attention to the migration route.”
The so-called Balkan route with Trieste as the final stop. In Italy, in Fernetti, in the police station of Opicina, they come together when they have been intercepted by the patrols of the army. Unofficial estimates put the number of illegal immigrants per day at 300.
Instead of sending the migrants back to Slovenia, as France does on the Italian-French border, the Italian military handed over two groups of illegal immigrants to colleagues at the Opicina police station a few days ago: 20 Nepalese and 51 Afghans who left Afghanistan three years ago. And now that peace is finally in Kabul, they cannot be repatriated…
Among Afghans, there were some who tested positive for Covid-19 and were quarantined, but before the medical examination, they spent hours shoulder to shoulder together. In contact with the military and police. There were also a few cases of scabies.