The formation of immigration law in Italy: between policy, parties, press and public opinion in 2007 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Suo, Desirée M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The current center-left government of Italy, under Romano Prodi, has adopted a long-term, integrationalist approach on immigration into Italy. Most apparent in the proposed citizenship bill of August 2006 and the Amato-Ferrero immigration bill of April 2007, the Prodi government has broken ties with the philosophy of the previous center-right government, epitomized in the Bossi-Fini law. Despite these intentions, however, the situation remains volatile, with the future of these legislative measures still undetermined, alongside many other institutional and social questions. Press reports and public opinion surveys highlight the emergent social complexities, recounting racist and revengeful attacks taking place against immigrant communities and increasing sentiments of insecurity, amongst demands for more integration of immigrants. Immigration is a reality in modern Italy, yet uncertainty characterizes both the pending legislation and the community responses, as the Italian government, under Prodi, finally attempts to acknowledge Italy’s transition into a modern immigration country.
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