In April of this year Italy issued temporary residency permits to most of the Tunisian migrants who arrived in Italy between 1 January and 6 April. Accelerated return procedures facilitated by a new bi-lateral agreement with Tunisia were implemented for Tunisians who arrived in Italy on or after 6 April. The issuance of the temporary residency permits triggered the temporary closures of internal EU borders by France and other Schengen countries.
Approximately 11,800 temporary permits were issued by Italy and they are now beginning to expire. Everyone Group reported over the weekend that a decision has been reached by the Italian government to extend the residency permits for an additional six month period.
Click here for report from Everyone Goup. (EN)
Click here for my previous post on the temporary residency permits.