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In 2016, over 180,000 migrants reached Italy by irregular means. During the first ten months of 2018, this number had dropped to under 21,000. Although the number of unauthorized immigrants in Italy has been decreasing over the last decade, racial tensions have increased after a mix of anti-immigrant campaigns, fake news and horrific tragedies. As a result, “immigration” is the nation’s most discussed issue. There are currently over 5 million regular immigrants in Italy. The IDOS research centre estimated that the number of unauthorized immigrants would be about 500.000. Many of them are asylum seekers whose claim to international protection was denied. Some can’t go back to their country due to bureaucratic problems, some others receive the "foglio di via" (expulsion paper) but the authorities fail to make sure that they actually leave the nation. What do Italians think about it?

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We can accept those who run from war, but the other ones should "stay home"
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Illegal immigrants are "treated like modern slaves"

"Left wing parties and people involved in the Mafia use human rights to enslave unauthorized immigrants"
conspiracy theory neo-liberalism
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This is the most recent argument used by anti-immigration parties. It's probably the most complex argument on this subject, because on the one hand many irregular immigrants end up being employed at inhuman conditions, but on the other hand this fact is usually associated with conspiracy theories and fake news that make confrontation very difficult. Also, you can't blame immigrants for their employers' dishonesty. Although right-wing parties use this fact to support anti-immigration policies, the most active person in the fight against this phenomenon is left-wing activist Aboubakar Soumahoro, who claims that the problem can be solved by promoting integration and education, rather than changing immigration policies.

The Argument

NGOs funded by George Soros, left wing parties and traffickers are all involved in a huge business that brings them huge amounts of money. They say that they care about human rights, but they are actually involved in the illegal employment of unauthorized immigrants. Those people are then forced to work in brutal conditions. Italy must say no to this by accepting only regular immigrants who can work in proper conditions and integrate.

Counter arguments

Left-wing intellectuals and artists have been denouncing the illegal employment of immigrants for years, long before the far-right parties started caring about these issues. This argument doesn't consider that left-wing parties fight for legality and integration too - just in an anti-racist way. The additional theories about Soros and NGOs fail to show a single evidence of their truth.


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