Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Catholic bishops support citizenship for immigrants' kids

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Rome, January 8 - The Catholic Church favours
legislative changes that would give full citizenship rights to
children born in Italy to immigrant parents, Father Giancarlo
Perego said Tuesday.
Perego, director-general for migrants' issues with the
influential Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), spoke at a Vatican
Radio presentation ahead of Sunday's World Day of Migrants and
Refugees.
The Church, he said, favours "recognition of the right of
citizenship for the children of immigrants born in Italy and,
consequently, the right to vote in local elections...encouraging
the growth of democracy and social cohesion".
A significant percentage of Italy's residents are
immigrants, he said, and migrants to the country should
therefore be seen as "a significant resource".
Current Italian law dictates that only the children of
Italian citizens can automatically become citizens themselves,
while those born on Italian soil to non-Italian parents become
eligible on their 18th birthday.
A famous example is Mario Balotelli, one of Italy's biggest
soccer stars and a forward on the national team, who was born in
Italy to parents from Ghana.
The president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, has called the
current system "pure folly" and a bill to change the law was
submitted to the House this summer.

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