A Milan project's spent at least 15 million euros over the past 3 years to help migrants into work, but only 120 actually found jobs.
The Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR) is a government-funded project that aids asylum seekers across Italy and in Milan spent millions on training courses, Il Giornale reports.
The revelations about the lack of success of the project come after local politician Silvia Sardone made a request and found the results of the project to be severely underwhelming, despite it being championed by figures such as left-wing councillor Pierfrancesco Majorino.
A document signed by Majorino reveals that the project looked to find work for 414 migrants in total and enrolled 162 migrants in internships in 2017, but only 40 – or 25% – were hired for jobs, the same percentage as in 2016, when 32 were hired.
The following year in 2018, 173 migrants took the training programme but only 52(30%) – were hired.
Sardone said in light of the poor statistics it was "useless" for those who advocate unlimited reception for migrants to argue against the migration decree of populist Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini.
"Consider also the fact that among those who fall into the SPRAR projects there's also migrants holding humanitarian permits, a form of protection that's often been abused in recent years to give a document to asylum seekers and that was granted only in Italy," Sardone added.
Sardine blasted the left-wing councillors, saying that their ideas of integration "can only exist in fairy tales".