Italy became "second-chance" for refugees

 Refugees from all over northern Europe keep arriving to Italian province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in search for a second chance at gaining an asylum.

Many refugees that arrive in Italy don't stay there long, as their aim are the northern countries, such as Germany or Sweden. 

Several thousand of them, after being rejected in more developed countries, have come back to Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Samir from Afghanistan kindly spoke to a journalist from BBC, where he admitted to have spend the past three years in Germany, before his asylum claim was rejected, Italy being his last resort.

"I think they will give me papers in one year or one-and-a-half years" he said.

Adalberto Chimera, who works for Catholic Church's aid organisation, Caritas, believes the main reason why those people changed their minds is that Italy's rules make it easier for them to get documents to stay in Europe.

Mr Chimera says 15 to 20 refugees are currently arriving in the small town of Gorizia every day.

Local priest Don Franco Gismano says that while the migrants are generally well-behaved, xenophobia is growing. People fear those young man hanging around the center of town, despite not having any problems with them, since they first came there a few years back.

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