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Italy Arrests 44 in Mafia Migrant Center Probe

Northern League's party leader Matteo Salvini meets the media during a news conference in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 1, 2015. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party claimed victory Monday in five of seven regions that voted for new leaders, but the real winner was the anti-Europe and once-regional Northern League that showed strong gains nationally. (Mourad Balti/ANSA via AP)
Northern League’s party leader Matteo Salvini meets the media during a news conference in Milan, Italy, Monday, June 1, 2015. (Mourad Balti/ANSA via AP)

(BBC) – Police in Italy have arrested 44 people over the rigging of public contracts to run migrant reception centers.

Local politicians were among those detained after an investigation uncovered widespread corruption.

Anti-mafia police believe the network, based around Rome, is connected to alleged crime boss Massimo Carminati, who was arrested in December.

Italy is struggling with an influx of migrants making the perilous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean.

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