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Italy

2019

17

Jun

Italy lets 10 stranded migrants disembark but moves to ban rescue ships from its waters

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini allowed 10 of the 53 migrants stranded on the Sea-Watch 3 rescue ship to disembark on Saturday, but pressed ahead with plans to ban such boats from Italian territorial waters. The 10 rescued migrants, including two pregnant women and three minors according to local media, were brought to the island […]

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Country: Italy
Source: AA , Euro News

12

Jun

Italy to fine migrant boats up to €50,000 for approaching without permission

The 18-article decree brings in fines of up to €50,000 for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel “entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation”, Salvini told reporters on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting. Although charity vessels which rescue thousands of migrants are not mentioned they would be hit, with Salvini saying repeat offences would […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT Haber , The Local

27

May

Salvini’s far-right party tops Italy’s EU election polls

A jubilant Matteo Salvini kissed the cross of rosary as he thanked “those up there” for his far-right party’s victory in the European parliamentary elections. Provisional results early on Monday morning gave the League a resounding 34.33% win, beating expectations and cementing its position as Italy’s biggest party. “I didn’t entrust the immaculate Mary with […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT Haber , The Guardian

20

May

Italy seizes Sea-Watch 3 rescue vessel

Italian prosecutors on Sunday impounded rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 for breaching immigration rules despite government attempts to block the ship from reaching an Italian port. The ship rescued 65 migrants off the coast of Libya last week. It had originally signaled its intention to disembark them at an Italian port, but was blocked by Italian Interior Minister […]

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Country: Italy
Source: DW , DW

20

May

Teacher suspended after her pupils criticise Italian far-right law

An Italian teacher has been suspended over a video made by her students that compared a security law drafted by Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to Mussolini’s racial laws, provoking a storm of protest against her suspension across the country. Rosa Maria Dell’Aria was last week suspended for 15 days on half pay after […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Sputnik , The Guardian

13

May

Italy takes in migrants despite ‘closed ports’ policy

Over 60 migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy and a charity ship disembarked in Italy on Friday, despite far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed ports” policy, while three died and dozens more were missing after another migrant boat capsized off Tunisia. Thirty-six people plucked from a floundering boat off Libya by a navy […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , Aljazeera

09

May

Mussolini’s great-grandson defends Italy’s Fascist era

The fascist era was “a very complicated, complex period”, said Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, at a press conference in Rome for the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. “You can’t define it in terms of right or wrong, good or bad,” he said. While the anti-Jewish laws of 1938 had been “a mistake, a shame”, […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , The Local

03

May

Matteo Salvini: vote for nationalists to stop European caliphate

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s most powerful politician, has said Europe will become an “Islamic caliphate” unless nationalist parties make gains in the European elections later this month. Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, is trying to form a coalition of nationalist and far-right forces ahead of the elections and was speaking […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , The Guardian

01

May

Italy’s controversial “boot camp” integration school for refugees

The “students” are asylum seekers and participating in a boot-camp style one-year programme whose explicit purpose is to integrate migrants.  The school whose name translates as Academy of Integration Thank you Bergamo, hosts 35 men aged 18 to 40, all of them, except one Pakistani, from African countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast.  Participants […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Aljazeera

25

Apr

Riace mayor still banned from residing in town

The court of appeals has upheld a residency ban on suspended mayor Domenico Lucano. Lucano is being accused of fraud, of aiding and abetting clandestine immigration, and of abuse of office. The former mayor has insisted that he is innocent. Suspended mayor Domenico Lucano seems destined to remain in exile from Riace, the southern Italian […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Info Migrants