There was a lot of controversy last month both inside and outside of Italy about a boatload of “rescued” refugees that was impounded in a Sicilian port. Now that they were allowed to disembark, it turns out that a large number of migrants on the Diciotti have simply vanished — surprise, surprise!
Diciotti: 50 migrants entrusted to CEI [Italian Episcopal Conference] disappeared into thin air
In making it known, the undersecretaries of interior: They were so desperate, they preferred to forego guaranteed food and lodging.”
1170 migrants on board the ship Diciotti, all disembarked at the port of Catania last 25 August
After a long (period) of wrestling with the EU which, unfortunately, resulted in nothing, the immigrants were redistributed among Albania, the Italian Church and Ireland. But the Diciotti case, which has caused so much discussion in recent weeks and which has led to not a few troubles for Matteo Salvini, now turns to discussing. The motive? Some of these migrants have escaped from the centers in which they were entrusted. They have disappeared into thin air. Disappeared.
“There are already 40 of the 144 adult immigrants who disembarked from the Diciotti and entrusted to the CEI or to the center at Messina,” say the undersecretaries of interior, Stefano Candiani and Nicola Molteni. “We recall that, per the law, these people have freedom of movement and therefore, are not subject to state surveillance. They were so desperate that they preferred to forego guaranteed food and lodging in order to go who knows where. It’s the umpteenth proof that those who disembark in Italy are not always escaping from hunger or from war, notwithstanding the lies of the Left and of those who use the immigrants to “do business”.
To be precise, of the forty migrants missing, six left on the first day of transfer. While two Eritreans destined for the Diocese of Florence escaped on 2 September, nineteen others (who left) were found on 3 September. Another thirteen disappeared yesterday. The forty migrants who left were limited to showing an interest in formalizing the application of political asylum. As confirmed by Viminale (Ministry of Interior) sources were identified with photos/prints and inserted into a European computer system. Also according to Viminale sources, it is made known that there are other verifications on the exact number of untraceable persons, and it is possible that the group could be more substantial.
According to Viminale sources, there are at least fifty migrants on board the ship Diciotti who have left the reception center. However, referring to the Viminale sources, “The data are being updated”. They are “all adults. Six of them disappeared on the first day of transfer, Friday; two Eritreans destined for the Diocese of Florence disappeared on September 2; for nineteen others, their departure was verified on September 3; another thirteen finally disappeared yesterday. They were destined for various dioceses.” Within this group of persons, “four left when they were still in Messina. Other verifications are in progress. The people who left were limited to showing an interest in formalizing the request for asylum. They were identified by photo/prints and inserted into a European computer system. There are also checks on the nationality of those who left: At least six came from the Comoro Islands (between Mozambique and Madagascar).
“More than 50 of the immigrants disembarked from the Diciotti were so much in need of having protection, food and lodging, that they decided to leave and disappear!
“But why were they not seized? It is yet another confirmation that not all those who arrive in Italy are ‘skeletons’ that escape from war and hunger. I will work even more to change wrong laws and cancel arrivals,” commented Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
The immigrants have given it up fast. And there are also those who defend them, such as Father Camillo Ripamonti president of the Astalli Center, the Jesuit structure that deals with migrants, refugees, refugees and asylum seekers: “The reception centers are not centers of detention, and therefore the people lodged there can move away from them freely: theirs is not an escape.”
But not only that; Friar Francesco Soddu also echoes Father Camillo: “The Viminale can say whatever it wants, turn it over as it likes, and tell its truth to bring home some advantages … but it has evidently not seen the eyes of these people. I was with them just this morning and I saw in their eyes a story that is not only dramatic, I would say really terrible about their lives, I read the despair, then each calibrates his own way. But the face of these people testifies how desperate they are. And then how do you declare that they have disappeared? You flee from a prison, or you are pursued, and I do not think this is the case. We have offered hospitality; the gesture is explained by the desperation of those who have crossed the desert previously and then the sea, of those who were in Libyan jails and now find themselves here to decide about their own lives, even with decisions less rational that we all question.”