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La Stampa - Italy | Monday, August 7, 2006

Italy to make naturalization easier

Debate and controversy have been prompted in Italy by the nationality bill the government proposed in July 2006. It aims to make it easier for illegal immigrants in Italy to acquire Italian citizenship. Michele Ainis wonders "whether the Italian government is being too lax by halving the duration of residence the law currently requires before nationality can be obtained and whether the reform risks attracting new, bigger migrant flows that are impossible to stem. ... Current legislation has shown that hardline policies in this field are a failure. ... The switch from jus sanguinis to jus soli might succeed or it might fail. But the reform nevertheless marks a reversal of trends and opens a new chapter in politics which, after favouring expulsion, now encourages integration."

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