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Parliamentary questions
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20 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002227-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Unsustainable costs for Italy of taking in migrants claiming to be refugees
 Answer in writing 

On 7 March 2018, the Italian Court of Auditors published the report ‘La “prima accoglienza” degli immigrati: la gestione del Fondo nazionale per le politiche e i servizi dell'asilo (2013-2016)’ (‘The initial reception of migrants: management of the national fund for asylum policies and services (2013-2016)’). It highlights that net of the indirect costs of taking in migrants claiming to be refugees, Italy spent no less than EUR 1.7 billion on their reception in 2016. Of those costs, the EU covered only EUR 46.8 million, i.e. 2.7% of Italy’s total spend. The report also highlights that Italy is bearing the costs for unsuccessful relocations of asylum-seekers in other Member States, which at 15 October 2017 amounted to EUR 762.5 million.

Italy is still the Member State with the highest number of arrivals of migrants claiming to be refugees and on top of the huge financial burden of taking them in, Italy is also forced to bear more costs because other Member States have not shown enough solidarity.

1. Why was the EU’s contribution to Italy’s migrant-reception costs in 2016 limited to only 2.7% of that country’s total spend?

2. How much in total was allocated under the previous programming period (2007-2013) and how much in total has been allocated under the current period (2014-2020) to Italy to cover the cost of taking in migrants claiming to be refugees?

3. How will the Commission boost financial support for Italy for migration-related costs?

Original language of question: IT 
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