Italian government has introduced a rule allowing immediate and forceful removal of illegal immigrants from the country.
The rule which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 16th June, makes it possible to detain an illegal immigrant for a maximum of 18 months. Previously this could only be done for six months.
The decision to detain an illegal immigrant for up to 18 months will have to be made by the Justice of Peace to allow identification and expulsion of the immigrant in agreement with his/her diplomatic authorities.
Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni said that they decided to implement the EU directives which establish rules for expelling illegal immigrants who are a threat to public order and security, those who risk escaping as well as those who have been given expulsion orders.
The new rule also makes it possible to forcefully remove EU citizens from Italy. This is the first time that such a rule is introduced. Mr. Maroni said that the rule is in line with the European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 about the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the EU and EEA member states.
He said that the directive allows the removal of EU citizens who don’t respect the conditions established by the directive itself.