Italian freelance journalist, covering environment and human rights.

EU, Human rights, Italy, Migration

Far away, so close: For migrants, reaching Italy is only the start

EU laws force migrants and asylum seekers to choose between being stuck in Italy or moving on, outside the law

Migrants and asylum seekers communicate with friends and family in a makeshift reception center in Milan’s central train station

Migrants and asylum seekers communicate with friends and family in a makeshift reception center in Milan’s central train station

Article co-written with Yermi Brenner

Milan, Italy - On a scorching August day, the refugee reception center in Milan’s central train station is packed, sweaty and noisy. Three Italian women working for the municipality distribute cold drinks, Nutella sandwiches and cookies to a constant stream of arrivals. Several Syrian mothers try to calm crying babies, while children in ragged clothing play with toys donated to the center’s improvised kindergarten.

A few young Eritrean men huddle around the four available computers. They are using Facebook to inform friends and family that they have arrived safely in Europe, and they’re looking up maps to plan the next step of their journey.

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