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The Italian Episcopal Conference against the Italy-Albania agreement for immigrants: Waste of money!

The Italian Episcopal Conference against the Italy-Albania agreement for

The Italian Episcopal Conference, otherwise known as the Permanent Assembly of Italian Bishops (CEI) has rejected an agreement between Italy and Albania on migrants, approved by the Senate on February 15, calling it a waste of money used to hide " the government's inability to deal" with the issue.

Just a few hours after the final approval by the Senate , the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) decisively rejected an agreement between Italy and Albania on immigrants. The agreement is the main pillar of a strategy that Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her government have drawn up with the aim of stemming the flow of migrants to Italy, in parallel with new relations with African countries as part of the Mattei Plan, Italy's development plan for Africa unveiled by the Meloni government at the end of January.

'Inability' to build a widespread hosting system

The Italian prime minister asked her ministers to continue the dialogue especially with North African countries, although the comments made by the head of the CEI migration commission did not go unnoticed. Senior government officials played down criticism of the centre-right government's plans to open two migrant repatriation centers in Albania.

Gian Carlo Perego, president of the Commission of the Italian Episcopal Conference on Migration and Immigrants said that 673 million euros had been "thrown into the sea due to the impossibility of governing a phenomenon, that of forced migration, which we claim to block, but which it is growing year after year". He also pointed out that Italy is in 16th place in Europe for the reception of asylum seekers in relation to the number of inhabitants in the country.

The agreement, which was strongly supported by the majority of the government and has already been ratified by the Parliament, envisages the construction of an immigration identification center in the interior of Albania that will be able to host "up to 3,000 people", plus a more small for the initial reception at Shengiin port, where the Italian ships with migrants rescued at sea will dock.

That money, Perego said, "could not only have revived the lives of many people, but also the lives of our communities. Six hundred and seventy-three million euros would mean jobs and income."



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