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The Italian government is reviving a nearly forgotten word: ‘welcome’

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Analysis. Conte offers few specifics about changes to Italian immigration policy in Salvini’s wake. But there are signs that the new government will undo cuts to integration services, allows rescue ships to dock, and repair relations with Europe.

written by Carlo Lania

Topic Italy


September 11, 2019

It was one of the thorniest issues to be addressed in his speech before the Chamber of Deputies, and Giuseppe Conte dealt with it the only way he could: by merely hinting at the yellow-red government’s future policy on immigration, without entering into specifics. This was a choice the premier had to make due to prudence and the need to get the votes to install the new government.

Those who hoped for an explicit retiring of the closed ports policy—a much-touted sign of discontinuity, of leaving behind Salvini’s choices once and for all—were disappointed, at least for now. There will be a turning point, or at least one hopes. But for now, rather than a revision of the rules in force, the change could take place through the choices of the ministers most directly involved in the immigration emergency.

Interior Minister Lamorgese, Defense Minister Guerini and Infrastructure Minister De Micheli are the only ones who still have the........

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