Italian Government AnnouncesPlan to BuildNew Migrant Centers After Police Stabbing

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi announces plans to build new migrant processing centers before summer 2024 after a Moroccan migrant stabbed a policeman in Milan. The migrant, with a criminal record and previous expulsion orders, couldn't be detained due to lack of space in existing centers.

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Italian Government AnnouncesPlan to BuildNew Migrant Centers After Police Stabbing

Italian Government AnnouncesPlan to BuildNew Migrant Centers After Police Stabbing

In response to a recent stabbing incident involving a Moroccan migrant, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi announced on Friday that the government plans to build new migrant processing centers, known as CPRs, before the summer of 2024. The decision comes after a 35-year-old policeman was critically injured while intervening in a disturbance at Milan's Lambrate station on Wednesday night.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the need for effective management of migrant processing centers to prevent similar incidents and ensure public safety. The construction of new CPRs could have a significant impact on Italy's ability to handle illegal immigration and address the root causes of social unrest.

The incident occurred when the 37-year-old Moroccan man, who had been living in Italy for 20 years and was the recipient of previous expulsion decrees, began throwing stones at trains, hitting a 55-year-old woman in the head. When the policeman attempted to stop him, the migrant stabbed the officer three times in the back. The policeman underwent emergency surgery for organ damage and remains in critical condition at Milan's Niguarda hospital.

Authorities revealed that the Moroccan migrant, who has numerous aliases and a criminal record in Italy, including aggravated robbery, theft, personal injury, narcotics, and kidnapping, could not be detained due to a lack of space in the existing CPRs. Despite being issued expulsion orders in 2004, 2012, and most recently in July 2023, the migrant remained in Italy illegally.

In a statement on Friday, Minister Piantedosi said, "It is the government's intention to build new CPRs. Shortly, before the summer, we will come out with the first identifications of an overall plan on where to build them. Before the summer, we will present the first hypotheses." The government's plan to construct additional migrant centers aims to address the current shortage of detention space and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The stabbing incident has led to calls for increased security measures and better management of migrant processing centers in Italy. As the country grapples with the challenges of illegal immigration and the need to ensure public safety, the government's plan to build new CPRs is seen as a crucial step in addressing these issues. The locations of the new centers and the timeline for their construction are expected to be announced in the coming months.