Migrants, repatriation centers in 12 regions: the plan

We are working in 2 directions: restoration of existing structures and opening of new centers

There are at least twelve CPRs – Centers for the repatriation of migrants – that will have to be created to achieve the objective of a center in each Region, as indicated by the Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi. The plan to increase the places available for migrants destined to be repatriated will move in two directions, on the one hand the new CPRs and on the other the restoration of existing ones, and the objective is to start the work as soon as possible short time as possible.

The work of the technicians of the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Defense has already started and, according to what Adnkronos understands, the first meeting was held today during which the criteria for identifying the areas where the new centers were to be built were addressed also on the basis of the indications received from the prefectures throughout the national territory. The CPRs will however be located in sparsely populated and easily surveilled areas. Therefore, even disused defense structures are being examined, such as former barracks, in Calabria, Molise, Campania, Marche, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige, Valle d’Aosta.

In addition to the work to create the new structures, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Defense are also planning the expansion and renovation of those already available. The objective is to bring the existing CPRs, often damaged by detained migrants, back to full operation: in fact, in most centers the usable places are lower than the theoretical capacity. There are currently 619 places available at the facilities in Bari, Brindisi, Caltanissetta, Trapani, Rome, Potenza, Gorizia, Macomer and Milan. compared to the potential 1,338. Among these there is also the Turin CPR, closed following damage.

The functioning of the CPRs is already the responsibility of the prefects, who through tenders entrust the management services of the structure to private individuals, responsible for the relationship with the detained migrants and the material functioning of the centre. The police forces guard the external space of the structures and can enter the areas where migrants live only at the request of the managing bodies in exceptional and emergency cases. The Defense will therefore not participate in the control of the centers, at the expense of the police, but only in their construction.

The detention of migrants in CPRs is arranged by order of the police commissioner, which is sent, within 48 hours of adoption, to the territorially competent justice of the peace for validation. Any extension is also subject to validation. (by Giorgia Sodaro)