05 Gennaio 2016
Milan, January 5 - Hosting refugees in the homes of Italian families could help save about 70% of average State spending on migrant reception, Milan city councillor for social policy Pierfrancesco Majorino said on Tuesday. Majorino was responding to a debate that has erupted over the council's plan to create a list of families ready to host international asylum seekers. "Welcoming refugees within families will not only allow us to try out new and more efficient forms of solidarity and social inclusion, but also to rationalise the use of state resources," he said. The council's plan would involve refugees currently living at centres for asylum seekers and refugees that have already obtained rights to international protection. The cost of hosting a migrant in a State centre amounts to about 35 euros per day, compared to a calculated cost of 10.5 euros for refugees staying in families, he said. The council is due to try out an experimental project which will have a total cost of 42,000 euros compared to the 128,800 spending forecast for similar hosting of migrants in a reception centre.
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