The Italian interior ministry recently formulated a new directive concerning the housing of migrants, which was then leaked to the press. Under its provisions, the owner of a property that is standing empty or is under-utilized will be required to take in migrants in numbers assigned by the state. Anyone who objects will be speedily prosecuted and jailed. To make matters worse, property owners do not have the right to be reimbursed by the state, because the government has used up the funds allocated for the placement of migrants.
Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Il Giornale:
Migrants, Alfano’s Blackmail: Jail for those who resist requisitions
According to sources in the Interior Ministry, the Viminale Plan foresees enforcement agents and detention measures for those who resist requisition of their premises for migrants.
The Interior Ministry in the figure of Angelino Alfano is preparing to requisition the real estate of Italians to place migrants.
It will be done, explains Il Giornale, beginning only as of December 4 or after a consultation referendum, in order to avoid allowing protests by citizens to influence the outcome of the vote.
Because it is indeed the protests that worry Alfano. The barricades of Goro and Gorino against the requisition of a hotel in order to place fifteen refugees for days has occupied the front pages of newspapers and embarrassed the government. The secret services have already made a filing on the cities where it is possible for the citizens to organize in committees to resist the refugees.
The requisitions in fact, will go forward, and according to l’Opinione, which cites sources in the Interior Ministry, the executive would be ready to take drastic measures against those citizens who would resist the assignment of private real estate to the migrants.
Jail for those who oppose migrants
“The secret services”, writes the daily, seem to have already alerted the government about eventual violent protests on the part of Italians not disposed to having their property requisitioned. What does it mean? According to l’Opinione the plan, “given the exceptionality of the issue and the reluctance of the Italians to collaborate in the reception”, would be to send at least 2,000 policemen, carabinieri, Guardia di Finanza and soldiers. Not just that: The Justice Ministry would be prepared to outright guarantee rapid trials and detention space for those who resist the Viminale Plan. In substance: jail for those who don’t agree.
It appears the requisitions would not be compensated. This is because the Interior Ministry doesn’t have the funds to pay the owners of the homes, given that the money is already committed for the reception of the migrants in the centers operated by Coop and Onlus. In addition, the owner would have to continue to pay IMU and Tasi. In theory they could resort to the courts to obtain compensation/damages, but in this case, the course of justice would be long, with an indeterminate outcome. Also according to the cited source from the Interior Ministry, Alfano’s measure would be “temporary”, but could lead to expropriation, if the property owner took measures that cause “damage to the State”. Indeed, whoever resists risks losing their house forever.
According to indiscretions on the part of Viminale employees, the requisition plan would begin at Pescara, a city that would be a sort of test case for the rest of Italy. The objective is to reduce the use of the COOP reception centers because they are more costly and less transparent in respect to the system than those of Sprar. To be affected, second homes would have to be vacant.