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Arrival of migrants to Italian coastal areas: visit by PACE co-rapporteur to Italy

Strasbourg, 08.10.2012 – Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG), member of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a fact-finding visit first to Rome (9-10 October) then Sicily (11 October) as part of the preparation of his report on “The arrival of mixed migratory flows to Italian coastal areas”.

During these visits, he is due to meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of International Co-operation and Integration, and members of the Italian delegation to the PACE.

Talks are also to be held with representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration, NGOs, and the Italian Refugee Council. Mr Chope will also visit two centres for the detention of irregular migrants, one in Rome, the other in Sicily, and will meet refugees and asylum seekers as well as the network of municipalities in charge of asylum seekers’ reception.