Italian authorities to suspend applications of asylum seekers, says Matteo Salvini on Monday
Italian authorities will suspend the applications of asylum seekers who pose a "risk to society", Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday after the cabinet approved a security decree.
Salvini said the measure was a response to the case of a bus driver in the northern city of Como who was allegedly severely beaten by several members of a group of African asylum-seekers who boarded the vehicle without tickets in June.
The security decree also strips convicted terrorists of their Italian citizenship and removes (two-year) humanitarian protection for migrants, replacing this with a one-year residence permit issued for medical or other specific reasons.
Among other measures, the decree also tightens the criteria for political asylum requests and doubles to 60 days, extendable for a further 30, the length of time migrants can be held in deportation centers.