AN ITALIAN mayor has blocked the streets around a refugee centre in protest about the number of migrants arriving in his town.
Vitulano currently has one SPRAR (System for the Protection of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) centre which houses 30 migrants.
But the mayor claimed there were not enough facilities set up to accommodate any more people and “too many” migrants arriving in the town.
Vitulano currently houses 30 migrants in one SPRAR
Mr Scarinzi said: “Regarding immigrants, the state must respect the agreements and rules made with local authorities.
“Municipalities that already host one Sprar (refugee protections scheme) can not accommodate other immigrants in privately operated structures.”
The protest came after the arrival of an extra 40 refugees as the migrant crisis continues, and following the closure of the Our Lady of Health community centre.
“We were the only municipality that had a festival dedicated to refugees, included them in the football team and even involved them in a film that we shot here in Vitulano.”
However, he pointed out, rules must be respected.
The protest saw the only access route to the refugee centre blocked
The town of Vitulano
“For some he was wrong, but for me he did well! The mayor comes from the Democratic Party. Is he racist and populist too?”
Eventually, the mayor reached an understanding with officials and it was agreed the 40 migrants will be diverted to another reception centre in Benevento.