Italy increases time-frame illegal migrants can be held

New rules approved by Giorgia Meloni’s cabinet will allow Rome to hold illegal entrants for as long as 18 months

Giorgia Meloni, Italian Prime Minister. Picture: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Italy will extend the time limit that illegal migrants can be detained in the country, and said it’s planning to build new reception facilities for them, as the right-wing government led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni looks for answers to a new migration surge from North Africa.

New rules approved by the cabinet Monday will allow Rome to hold illegal entrants slated to be sent back to their countries of origin for as long as ...