A new report says Italy is not following international rules in treating migrants illegally coming to Italy from Greece. Most of the migrants are from poor nations and are seeking asylum to work in European countries. More are coming from Afghanistan and Syria.
Many migrants stowaway on ferries. They are returned to Greece within hours, and usually kept in “holding pens.” The report says Italy is ignoring international rules about children and asylum seekers.
No one knows for sure how many people are returned. A researcher said the number for all of Italy is in the thousands.
Many migrants arrive in refrigerated food trucks, or hanging beneath cars and buses. Some do not survive the trip.
The problem is not new. According to advocates, Italy has been violating the international rules about migrants for years. Groups trying to help migrants often cannot reach them.
America has some of the same problems on its border with Mexico. There are also abuses. However, in the U.S. there are rules to be followed by the government. And the topic of immigration is being discussed in Washington, D.C.