Overcrowding. Isolation of the facility from the rest of the territory. Average residing time of 18 months waiting for the completion of the procedure for being recognized international protection (instead of 35 days foreseen by law). Failure to register the asylum seekers for the national health service (which is in breach with the regulation currently in force). Dysfunctions in providing and accessing psychological and legal assistance services. Phenomena of degradation, illegality and violence that are managed with difficulty as has been recognized by the police itself. These are some of the most severe problems found by MEDU within the centre of Mineo and portrayed this morning at the parliamentary commission of inquiry.
All these criticalities negatively affect the wellbeing of the guests, who become numbers and are forced to long queues even for eating or for receiving medical care. The relationship that develops between staff and the hosted migrants is unavoidably unbalanced, as asylum seekers are forced into a passive and dysfunctional position of dependence from operational staff. All the more, the model of CARA of Mineo demonstrates to be completely inadequate to host asylum seekers who are most vulnerable, women and children.