The second-biggest Italian city is offering a monthly payment of 350 euros ($376) to every resident willing to host a refugee, or an asylum seeker, in their home. The city of Milan announced with a post on its Facebook page that soon local residents will be paid for giving shelter to one or more Muslim freeloaders, rapists, and jihadists posing as refugees.
“Several (suicidal) local families have already stepped forward to offer shelter to the people that are seeking asylum and have been granted international protection, fleeing war and persecution,” the city said in its status update.
Candidates can apply until January 15, and in order to be accepted, “families will take part in a training course and will be interviewed by a psychologist who will evaluate the motives, expectations and willingness of every family member, as well as their compatibility with the person they could be hosting at home.”
The experimental program is funded by the national government as part of a broader network called “System of Protection for Asylum Seekers and Refugees” or SPRAR in its Italian acronym, which houses around 20,000 people throughout Italy according to government data. The hosting period is six months, but can be extended.
Pierfrancesco Majorino, who heads the city’s department of Social Policies, was quoted in Italian media as saying that he is “proud” of the program and that it is an “economical way” of helping refugees.
That’s not what many on Italy’s right say, though —Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Northern League party, said the measure is “sheer madness,” and that it’s a form of “racism against struggling Italian citizens.”
“They offer 350 euros to Italian families who decide to host a migrant, but if those same families were in need of financial assistance, they would never receive350 euros from the government,” said Luca Squeri, a member of parliament for billionaire former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior also warned people that hosting refugees may backfire for both parties. “Goodness without preparation may be risky both for the asylum seeker and for whoever hosts them,” said a source within the ministry who spoke with the Huffington Post.
The government would rather “create a solid network to welcome [migrants and refugees] that doesn’t let private citizens bear the brunt of providing assistance.”