Italy adopts law to curb migrants

Discussion in 'Politics & Law' started by ysabel, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Italy's parliament has given final approval to a law criminalising illegal immigration and allowing citizens' patrols to help the police keep order.

    The new measures have been strongly criticised by human rights groups and the Vatican.


    I don't know why I always had the impression that Italy was soft on immigration. It's probably related to yearly (?) amnesties they give to illegal immigrants. Or at least it's what I heard from some who entered EU through Italy and when they had their papers, they moved here.

    What do you think of the use of citizen's patrols? I wonder what they do exactly.

  2. Bjarki

    Bjarki Registered Member

    I'd be very wary about legalizing such a thing. It seems the government has no hand in them at all.. so it's members may have dubious extreme right motivations and are probably not too civil when it comes to dealing with immigrants they find.

    It's a good thing the government is finally starting to close the floodgates though. I dare say it has a detrimental effect on Italy as well as on the rest of the Union.
  3. Giorgi

    Giorgi New Member

    I think it is a very strange law, I hope this law will soon be removed after the next election.
  4. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Last year, someone posted though that Italy was already tough on immigration. So I'm confused with what really their status was about before this new law.
  5. Bjarki

    Bjarki Registered Member

    I'm not sure, but it could be the 'regime' presents itself as tough to the outside world, while in practice allowing a fairly easy entrance and stay. Could be a stereotype, but I've always thought the Italians are rather good at speaking big words and making lots of promises when in practice they generally fail to deliver.

    But like I said, just guessing.
  6. Sim

    Sim Registered Member

    Maybe the impression Italy is soft or tough on immigration is based on different stances for legal and illegal immigration. Well possible they are very soft on legal immigration, but tough on illegal immigration or vice versa.

    When it comes to illegal immigration, being "tough" is not so much a matter of law anyway, but a matter of law enforcement. Maybe it's like Bjarki says: They may have very tough laws, but are lacking will or means to enforce it, hence the impression arises they are "soft" and let so many people in.

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