As migrants try to make a better life, every day they are trying to cross over to Europe. Some have died while at sea but those who make it to the other side, they are not always welcome. In the recent past, there have been complaints of French police mishandling migrants crossing from Italy to the country.
Due to the fact that it’s becoming hard to get into France, most of the migrants are staying in Ventimiglia.
With the hope of leaving the Italian asylum system, unaccompanied minors have attempted their luck in France which has been met with a lot of hostility from the French police. This has significantly reduced the number of those traveling through Ventimiglia.
Harsh Living Conditions
Migrants living in the Italian-French border are subjected to harsh living conditions where they are not only verbally abused, but they are detained, they don’t sleep well, they have only one meal per day and bath in a nearby river. They are neither getting enough support from the Italian authorities nor the French relying only on volunteers.
Unaccompanied Minors Are Also Mistreated
One would be forgiven to think that the French authorities will give a little consideration to the unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the country. Besides being denied this right, they are sent back to Italy and detained without basic needs. This is not only wrong, but it is a human rights violation.
In the latest news, the French police have gone a notch higher in dealing with the unaccompanied minors crossing over to the country. They recently confiscated mobile phones and sim cards owned by these children while at the same time cutting off the soles of their shoes and sending them back to Italy.
They are also interfering with the birth date on documents so that these kids are treated as adults.
There is no hope that the situation will improve owing to the fact that Emmanuel Macron, French president vowed that illegal routes through Europe will be cracked down. A law was also passed that illegal entry to France will give a migrant one-year imprisonment.
On the other hand, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Interior Minister vowed that his country will not be the refugee camp of Europe and with this, half a million migrants would be deported. This means that things will only get thicker for migrants looking for a better life in the two countries.