Italy is one of many European nations affected by the migrant invasion of Europe. In 2016 the Italian coastguard rescued nearly 180,000 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean illegally into Italy. The migrants, who crossed oceans and borders from terrorism hotbeds have created a lot of havoc for the Italian government.
On Thursday, the Italian government announced its plan to deport more illegal Muslim migrants in an effort to combat Islamic radicalization in its prisons.
The Italian citizenry have pressured Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to combat radicalized Muslims living in Italy, an issue that has grown worse with the continued influx of Muslim migrants.
“Processes of radicalization today are happening above all in certain places: in prisons and on the web. Working on prisons and the web is one of the principal tasks the experts are asking for in this prevention effort,” said Gentiloni.
Anis Amri, the Tunisian asylum seeker who claimed allegiance to ISIS and plowed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12, spent time in a Sicilian jail. According to Amri’s father, the ISIS terrorist became radicalized while serving time inside an Italian prison. After Amri served his jail sentence in Italy, the Italian government tried to deport him back to Tunisia. However, Tunisia refused to take him back and he was released with an order to leave Italy.
The effort to combat radicalization in jails is also being supported by Italy’s national prison workers’ union, which described prisons as a “fertile ground” for jihadis.
“It is not by chance that many radicalized common criminals, especially of North African origin, who showed no particular religious inclination when they entered prison, are gradually transformed into extremists under the influence of other inmates who are already radicalized,” read the union statement.
Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti said that he plans on overseeing the creation of more migrant detention centers until more migrants are deported.
REUTERS, January 5, 2017
Italy’s government said on Thursday it would try harder to combat Islamist radicalization in its prisons and on the internet and it defended plans to build more detention centers for migrants who have no right to stay in the country.
New Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has come under increased pressure to tackle illegal migration and radicalization in jails after a failed Tunisian asylum seeker who spent time in an Italian prison drove a hijacked truck into a Berlin Christmas market on Dec. 19, killing 12 people.
Italy’s anti-terrorism chief said last week the suspect, Anis Amri, had been radicalized while in a Sicilian jail. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Amri was shot dead by Italian police in Milan on Dec. 23 after fleeing Germany.
“Processes of radicalization today are happening above all in certain places: in prisons and on the web,” Gentiloni told a news conference after talks with an expert commission appointed by the government to study militant Islamists.
“Working on prisons and the web is one of the principal tasks the experts are asking for in this prevention effort.”
Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti told the same news conference he wanted a “protective network against the malware of terror” online, but gave no details on how the government planned to address the problems in jails.