Rome unable to handle increasing migrant population

Mayor Ignazio Marino warns about large number of arriving migrants in Rome

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Rome, a prefered destination for migrants in Italy, is struggling to provide assistance to the large number of migrants that arrive in the capital while mayor Ignazio Marino warns that the city is “overcrowded.”

"We can't welcome 18 to 20 percent of people who arrive in our country. We don't have the resources,” Marino told ANSA news agency on Tuesday.

Migrants have set up a camp outside Rome’s Tiburtina station as the city can not hold them, but police moved in to dissipate them.

While Rome is struggling to afford the migrant expenses, other cities in the north that could probably afford the expenses are not responding positively to Marino’s call.

At the same time, residents do not welcome asylum seekers, and have held several protests over the last few months upon migrants arrival. Treviso residents reportedly burnt furniture to deprive them from the refugees.

Arriving refugees have also been attacked several times.

More than 80,000 migrants have arrived in Italy this year from Africa and Middle-East, but they have been treated like a burden by the local residents because they believe the country can not economically support them.

According to The Guardian, even though some residents in Casale San Nicola believe that the refugees indeed have to be taken care of by Europe, others treat them contemptuously.

TRTWorld and agencies