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ITALY IS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY TO VISIT NOT A LEPER COLONY

Italy welcomes visitors from the European Union and Schengen area countries, without quarantine, from 3 June, as the country makes a tentative return to international tourism following prolonged lockdown restrictions due to covid-19.

From today Italians will be able to travel to most EU and Schengen zone countries, with several exceptions including Greece which reopens its borders to Italy on 15 June. However those travelling to Greece from the north Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte and Veneto from 15-30 June will be required to undergo testing and quarantine.

'Italy not a leper colony'

Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio has expressed his disapproval over the Greek restrictions, saying: "We believe in the European spirit, but we are ready to close the borders to those who do not respect us," adding that Italy has "distinguished itself for transparency" and its statistics are "very comforting".

EU opening the borders for tourist

The high tourist season approaches, some European countries are preparing to welcome travellers once more.

More than two months after the coronaviruspandemic took hold on the continent, countries including Germany, France, Italy and Spain are making plans to gradually welcome guests back.

From June, visitors from certain EU countries will be able to travel again, although each country has its own set of rules for those planning to

New immigration policy

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Written by  Daniel Trlling

If you  want to see how little the government would prefer things to change once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, look at its immigration policy. Over the past few months the Home Office has fought hard to maintain the labyrinthine bureaucracy, exorbitant fees and harsh punishments that govern the lives of migrants from outside the European Union. Rules that ban some people from accessing NHS treatment, food banks and emergency housing have only been partially eased; while detention centres have not been fully evacuated, and the Home Office has been accused of putting pressure on immigration judgesreleasing detainees on bail. Concessions for NHS and care workers, meanwhile – on visa extensions for bereaved families, or lifting the immigration health surcharge – have only been made haltingly, after pressure from the public, the Labour party and even some Conservative MPs.

The government has pushed ahead with its plans to extend much of this migration system to include EU citizens. The home secretary, Priti Patel, who has previously been criticised for avoiding scrutinyduring the crisis, began a publicity drive for the second reading of the new immigration bill. “This historic piece of legislation,” Patel wrote in the Express, “ends the European Union’s free movement of people and lays the foundations to build a fairer, firmer, skills-led points-based immigration system.”

The bill, which passed its second reading in a parliamentary vote on 18 May, is being presented as the fulfilment of the central demand of Brexit voters. But it is better described as a leap in the dark. Rather than setting out what the new immigration system – due to come into force in January 2021 – will look like, it gives the government powers to amend the law as it sees fit, without bringing it back to parliament for full scrutiny. Key areas remain undetermined, such as rights to family union and permanent settlement, visas for NHS workers, and the treatment of trafficking victims and asylum seekers. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) describesthe bill as a “blank cheque” that will transfer EU citizens into “the same system as non-EU nationals which is dysfunctional and chaotic, with a long history of incorrect decision-making.

Schengen route opened

The European Commission just adopted a road map for a return to free movement in the Schengen area. It is a necessary decision that takes us back in time. Europe is closed and paralysed by the fear of a virus. Many of the measures feel like the deprivations some of us felt before the fall of communism in 1989. To a lesser extent, true, but the limitations of traditional freedoms are so strange that vividly conjure in my mind the years when Europe was divided.

difficult to explain to a Western European who has not experienced life beyond the former Iron Curtain what those in the East had to endure in those years. The reaction is the same one we used to have when our grandparents told us about famine or war. It is hard to understand if one does not feel it directly. It can be theorised but inner emotions are hard to convey.

"Ritornare migranti in Slovenia" proposta di Meloni

Attraverso la cosiddetta rotta Balcanica, ribattezzata con il nome "Il gioco" dagli stessi stranieri che tentano in ogni modo di varcare i confini italiani, arrivano clandestini da ogni parte: numerosi, tra di essi, sono ad esempio gli afghani. La strada percorsa, come testimoniato da uno di essi, intervistato dall'inviato Fausto Biloslavo, è grossomodo sempre la stessa: "Bosnia, Slovacchia Slovenia e poi Italia". Sono dieci i giorni impiegati per raggiungere il nostro paese dal confine bosniaco, e numerosi i tentativi effettuati per eludere le forze dell'ordine che controllano le principali vie battute dai clandestini. "Nove volte la polizia croata ci aveva respinto, ma questa volta non abbiamo trovato nessuno", racconta ancora l'uomo ai microfoni.

La rotta si conclude alle porte di Trieste, con la polizia italiana costretta a eseguire delle disposizioni che arrivano dall'alto e prevedono che i nuovi arrivati vengano inseriti in un percorso che si apre con i primi controlli delle loro condizioni di salute. Aspetto, questo, più che mai importante vista l'emergenza Covid-19. Ai clandestini ancora in marcia verso Trieste, tramite degli altoparlanti, gli operatori riferiscono che un autobus giungerà presto sul posto per caricarli a bordo.

Viene immediatamente misurata la temperatura corporea dei nuovi arrivati per scongiurare ogni rischio sanitario, e quindi fornita loro una mascherina: dopo aver espletato queste prime operazioni, gli stranieri sono caricati su un mezzo che li conduce verso un tendone montato dall'esercito al confine con la Slovenia presso il valico Fernetti. "Non abbiamo locali e mezzi idonei con le necessarie separazioni per appunto proteggere gli operatori anche sotto il profilo sanitario", denuncia Lorenzo Tamaro del sindacato autonomo di Polizia. Il timore è quello che con l'estate il flusso possa ulteriormente incrementarsi e mandare in tilt le strutture del Nordest.