Migrants Face Uncertainty in Italy

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As Giorgia Meloni becomes the first female in Italian history to become prime minister, migrants are now faced with uncertainty.

abcNEWS reports that the leader of Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) whose election will further push Italy to the far right for the first time since the reign of Benito Mussolini.

Her party, The Brothers of Italy, which she founded, is a national-conservative populist party. The party is against undocumented immigrants.

Meloni’s victory therefore means uncertainty for those who migrated to Italy irregularly.

In August, Italy had an unemployment rate of 8.1%. Unfortunately, if a voter cannot find work, the blame is put on migrants.

Meloni had pledged stricter border controls and proposed the establishment of a European Union-managed centers to analyze asylum applications.

In 2018, poll results concluded that 35% of Italians thought immigration was one of hugest problems facing their country.

The new prime minister has called for a “naval blockade” at sea to prevent irregular migration. She also proposed a bill intending to give citizenship rights for students below 12 years of age who immigrate to Italy for education.

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