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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?

Italy's immigration debate was about improving immigration policies Show more Show less

"It's not possible to send immigrants back to their countries. We must find a different solution and help them here"
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Promoting Integration of refugees in Italy

Is repatriating people a real option? Italy must do its best to help those who cannot leave


This Argument represents the official position of the party "+Europa con Emma Bonino"

The Argument

Is it really possible to send people back? Italy and the EU have repatriation agreements with a limited number of African countries. Besides, the procedure implies the detention of irregular immigrants in CPRs ( trad. "Centre for Permanence and Repatriation) and their identification by ambassadors of the same country. There are very few CPRs in Italy, and ambassadors often refuse to identify irregular immigrants, because their nations are often in poor economic conditions and it wouldn't be possible to grant them better conditions once they are sent back. Also, irregular immigrants can be detained in CPRs for a limited number of days. After that, they must leave, which means that they will never be sent back since the identification process can be operated only in CPRs. If the government allowed identification in regular homes, it would lose track of many immigrants who would rather live in the streets than be sent back. Former Minister of Internal Marco Minniti expelled 17.405 irregular immigrants in 2017. In the same year, 119.310 new immigrants arrived in Italy What can the Government do, then? The current Italian legislation obstructs the integration of foreign people in society and in the job industry, causing irregularity, illegal work, emargination and insecurity. It is necessary to outdo the Bossi-Fini Act. There should be more temporary permits to to a proper job, new intermediation activities and the sponsor system should be reintroduced. Some irregular immigrants who have already found a job or have relatives in Italy and live according to the law should also be naturalized. The current immigration policies must be improved, rather than abolished, through the exclusive adoption of the SPRAR model. The quality of services must be constantly monitored. It is necessary to invest in education, development and better employment policies by promoting local productive realities. The job centres must be able to grant proper education services and job opportunities through specific integration offices that will be funded, on a regional and national basis, by European funds. The Dublin Regulation must be changed: the EU Member State responsible for the application of asylum seekers must be determined by keeping into account the applicant's humanitarian or familial necessities. It is also necessary to: - introduce safe and legal European channels for access to job opportunities - create humanitarian corridors for people who seek protection - grant internal mobility to those who reach the European soil

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Critics of this argument believe that this program could cause the contamination of the Italian national identity and an ethnic switch in Italy. They call it the "color revolution" - many of them are conspiracy theorists and think it's a part of George Soros's agenda.



We must help people here

Rejecting the premises

By doing so, there will be an ethnic switch in Italy


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