Lives On Hold

They live with the obsession to get the documents in order to finally be free to search for their own realization. The initiation of the bureaucratic procedures, which start with classification, fingerprinting, and credentials, takes a long time. More than 366 days, which are partially concluded when an appointment is made with the commission, will decide whether to release a document to stay or re-send them home. In the case of a negative decision, one can get an appeal, which means more waiting. Waiting is caused by the increasing number of migrants and by the lack of personnel in the police stations.

The paradox consists in the fact that the extremely dilated times are synonymous of huge expenses for the taxpayers. Everyone is penalized. They are forced to wait until the solution of the case. The government pays for the maintenance of the centers, for the personnel and for the so-called pocket money, 2,50 euros per day, each. Money that in part returns to the pockets of the contributors that live in the municipalities close to the centers, but it is nothing compared to the waste of the bureaucratic machine. The welcome, the civic or social sense of these centers, of the municipality, of the single citizens, or the whole nation is changing in time. Every world’s population at a given moment of history has had to move from its own land to preserve a more fertile territory, to look for prosperous places where to make its children grow, has had to go into exile because of wars, or only in search of fortune up until now. At times the racism or the increasing, almost blind, patriotism, that doesn’t allow us to see the possibility of a pacific cohabitation and sharing of the territory, subsides when everything comes together in a paltry return on investment.

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