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La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Italy's asylum law should be abolished

Italy's restrictive asylum legislation dates back to 2002 and was named after the then leader of the right-wing Lega Nord, Umberto Bossi, and the leader of the post-fascist Alleanza Nazionale, Gianfranco Fini. The Bossi-Fini Law must be scrapped, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica demands: "The government's request that the refugee tragedy be viewed from a broader perspective and that Italy's coast be seen as the southern border of the EU has been granted. But it must not fall prey to the temptation to suppress the problem and expect the EU institutions to provide the solutions when Italy still has a primary duty: to abolish the Bossi-Fini law. It is a paragon of unculturedness. ... Under this law migration poses a threat to public order. ... The fundamental idea is rejection of others, of the foreigner who threatens our cultural and religious foundations simply by coming here. According to this view the immigrant represents a constant threat that should be fought with every means possible."

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