Migrants rest by graffiti reading “Rome anti-racist” on a street in Via Cupa.
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ROME: Every night the same scene unfolds in Via Cupa near Rome's Tiburtina station: One by one, migrants take a dirty and battered mattress from a pile and place it against the wall, turning the small dark street into a star-lit dormitory.The chefs are two young Swiss who brought their mobile kitchen to the street after doing stints in the migrant camps of Calais and Grande-Synthe in France, as well as Italy's Lake Como near the Swiss border, where some 500 migrants sleep in a park.More than 100,000 migrants have been plucked off unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean and brought to Italy this year, and while the numbers are similar to last year, the context is radically different.While the 35,000 or so migrants who passed through the Baobab Center last year managed for the large part to leave Italy, Costa sees an increasing number of people this year forced to return to Via Cupa after being turned back at the border.
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