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Fortress Italia

VICE News visited a Milan park that has become the home of hundreds of homeless Eritreans, all waiting for the chance to flee Italy with the help of smugglers. We also met up with a group of migrants who are attempting to board a train destined for...

by VICE News
Oct 12 2014, 2:18pm

Milan is often the last stop for migrants trying to get out of Italy and into other parts of Europe. Milan's central station, with its daily trains bound for the other side of the border, is a key strategic gateway out of the country.

European Union immigration law prevents asylum seekers from being able to simply buy a ticket and hop on a train. The Dublin Regulation stipulates that migrants have to stay in the country where they first claimed asylum. As a result, Italy is filling up with migrants who came by boat and don't want to stay there, as the country is notoriously bad at integrating immigrants into society.

VICE News visited a Milan park that has become a temporary home to hundreds of homeless Eritreans, who are awaiting their chance to flee Italy with the help of smugglers. We also met up with a group of 150 migrants staging a public defiance of the Dublin Regulation by attempting to board a train in Milan destined for Switzerland.