UPDATE: The Mayor of Mulazzo has now stated that Mulazzo has been excluded from the possible locations to house refugees. 31 March 2011.
The national newspapers are full of reports that Pisa and Mulazzo in Lunigiana have been selected by the Minister of the Interior to host the 600 refugees arriving on the Tuscan coast from Lampedusa near Sicily at the beginning of April.
The proposed site for the refugee camp at Mulazzo is the abandoned military site at Boceda, which is the only area suitable to erect tents. The site has already been inspected by the Red Cross, the police and other agencies. The decision to host the refugees at Mulazzo has been made by the Italian government and not by any of the Tuscan authorities, who are against it on the grounds that Mulazzo does not have the necessary infrastructure or integration facilities.
The mayor of Mulazzo has expressed his concern over the logistical, technical and health and safety issues, as has the Governor of Tuscany. In the meantime, the mayor of Villafranca, under whose jurisdiction Mulazzo falls, is keeping his head down and not saying much.
Lunigiana selected to host refugees from North Africa appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 30 March 2011. All rights reserved.