Italy Clamps Down on Potential Asylum Seekers

The government in Italy is poised to sign into law a decree which restricts the avenues through which illegal immigrants can claim asylum in Italy.  The law, known as the Salvini Bill, is also expected to restrict asylum seekers’ access to housing, and make it easier for them to be deported if they are merely accused of having committed crimes.

The current Italian regime has taken a hard line against humanitarian immigration, stating that it aims to rid the country of “crafty” migrants who are not truly fleeing wars in their home countries.

Human rights watch has called this a “new low” in Italy’s immigration policy and fears that many peoples lives will be put at risk by this hardline approach.  However, the Italian government’s view is that this will make the country safer by removing those who are considered to be “socially dangerous” from the community.

The Guardian’s reporting of this story can be found here.

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