Immigrants camp in construction site of Rome train station

(AGI) Rome, June 26 - Immigrants have set up a semi-permanentcamp next to the construction site of Rome's Tuscolana trainstation, often crossing the site itself completely unimpairedduring working hours. In the open air camp, beds, pans andcookers are placed only metres away from the tracks and wagons,with some immigrants putting their clothing out to dry onmakeshift laundry lines. Some of the immigrants have alreadybeen living in the camp for some time, while others are newarrivals. One family comprising a mother, father, and theirlittle girl - possibly born in the camp itself

(AGI) Rome, June 26 - Immigrants have set up a semi-permanentcamp next to the construction site of Rome's Tuscolana trainstation, often crossing the site itself completely unimpairedduring working hours. In the open air camp, beds, pans andcookers are placed only metres away from the tracks and wagons,with some immigrants putting their clothing out to dry onmakeshift laundry lines. Some of the immigrants have alreadybeen living in the camp for some time, while others are newarrivals. One family comprising a mother, father, and theirlittle girl - possibly born in the camp itself - built theirhome out of metal sheets and covers inside the constructionyard itself, past the safety fence and surrounded by noise anddust. They are regularly seen traversing the site with theirstroller. But they are not the only ones who trespass onto the"staff only" area and walk down the tracks towards other morecentral stations. Local residents have urged both the railwayauthority and police to intervene. But clearing the area, whichborders a major road, would also mean moving the immigrantsfrom dozens of make-do shelters in abandoned buildings and evenold electrical substations. Some of the immigrants even managedto obtain keys to closed buildings alongside the tracks, onceshops and storage spaces whose ownership is unclear, nowtransformed into crammed living spaces. The situation issimilar at the Ostiense station, which is currently beingrenovated, with the sidewalks covered by pallets and garbageand some immigrants unabashedly washing themselves in full viewof commuters. Makeshift homes made from covers and plasticsheets or inside unused cabins also dot the tracks toFiumicino, with trains zipping past the camps and growingmounds of trash. (AGI). .