Sources from the Interior Ministry assure this: “As minors they cannot be expelled or rejected at the border”
After the migrants bill approved yesterday in the Council of Ministers, it arrives clarification on unaccompanied minors and CPR. ”Unaccompanied foreign minors can never be sent to CPRs (repatriation detention centres), dedicated to the repatriation of irregular immigrants, who are primarily dangerous or convicted of serious crimes, also because as minors they cannot be expelled or rejected at the border”, specify sources from the Ministry of the Interior.
”The law decree approved yesterday” in the Council of Ministers in fact, underline the same sources, provides ”only that, with regard to reception, in the case of unavailability of temporary accommodation facilities dedicated to unaccompanied foreign minors, the prefect may order the temporary inclusion of minors under the age of 16 in a specific dedicated section in the government first reception centers (formerly Cara) and extraordinary reception centers (Cas) intended for adults for a period not exceeding 90 days”. Regarding the verification of the age of the minor, sources from the Ministry of the Interior also inform, it is ”established that, in the event of significant, multiple and close arrivals, the public security authority may order anthropometric detection or other health checks, including x-rays, aimed at identifying the age, communicating it to the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Juvenile Court who authorizes its execution”.
”If, following the investigation, the self-styled minor turns out to be an adult and is convicted of false declarations – the same sources clarify – the sanction of expulsion may be applied. The socio-health assessment procedure of the minor’s age must in any case be concluded within 60 days from the date on which this assessment was ordered by the magistrate”.