Internal restructuring
Isole; Sicilia; Catania
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Residential Health Care And Social Work
Residential Care Activities
87.90 - Other residential care activities

195 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 October 2015
Employment effect (start)
6 October 2015
Foreseen end date


State-funded migrant reception centre (Cara) in Mineo (Sicily), run by a consortium of cooperatives, is to dismiss approximately 195 employees. The decision was justified with the decrease of the number of hosted migrants from 4,000 to 2,000, a number that is expected to further diminish over the next months.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has been reducing progressively the number of migrants assigned to the Mineo center as a consequence of recent investigations. Former managers of the centre are currently under investigation for their alleged involvement in the so called ‘Mafia Capitale’ scandal. According to the prosecutors, the bidding process for assigning the public contract for the operation of the centre was rigged, positions were filled through nepotism, cronysm and favoritism, and the managers embezzled public funding by over reporting the number of migrants hosted in the structure.

In June 2015 the Prefecture of Catania placed the centre under compulsory administration, after the start of the investigations in 2014 and following a specific request from the National Anti-Corruption Authority.

The structure may be further downsized during the next months as the Ministry of Internal Affairs is considering whether to requalify it as a ‘hot spot’, drastically reducing the length of stay for the arriving migrants and the personnel needs. This way, the centre would be in charge of identifying migrants, swiftly assigning those entitled to be recognised as refugees to reception structures and demanding the expulsion or repatriation of the others.


  • 6 August 2015: Il Fatto Quotidiano
  • 15 September 2015: Il Sole 24 Ore
  • 6 October 2015: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2015), CARA di Mineo, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 85043, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85043.