Joint expulsion flight to Romania
Spain, France and Italy jointly organised a charter flight to
expel 125 Romanian citizens residing illegally in their territory
on 22 September 2005. The expulsion was organised by Spain (from
where 75 people were deported, with 30 expelled by France and
20 by Italy), and further flights to carry out expulsions are
envisaged, one to Ecuador and Colombia to be organised by Spain,
and another to Nigeria for which Italy is set to take charge.
The expelled individuals will be banned from entering the Schengen
area for five years. Figures provided by the Italian interior
ministry in its annual report for 2005, covering a four-year
period, state that 26 charter flights were used to repatriate
2,297 foreigners in 2002; 33 flights repatriated 2,334 persons
in 2003 and 72 flights were used to remove 4,900 persons in 2004.
The figures appear to be on the rise, as 43 flights were used
to deport 2,940 migrants in the first semester of 2005.
Overall, more than 11,000 "illegal" migrants have been
expelled from Italy using charter flights in the last four years,
and joint charter flights were organised to carry 54 people to
Nigeria (with the UK), 10 people to Romania (with France, Spain
and Belgium) and 30 people to Ecuador (with Spain).
1. El País, 23.9.2005
2. Le Monde, 23.9.2005
3. Italian interior ministry
annual report on security for 2005 p41 (full-text pdf,
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