Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian bishops back citizenship for migrants' children

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Rome, May 10 - The head of the Italian Bishops'
Conference (CEI) on Friday waded into a political debate by
saying he supported automatic citizenship rights for migrants'
children born in Italy.
"It's a fundamental human right," said CEI chief Cardinal
Angelo Bagnasco, the archbishop of Genoa.
The 70-year old prelate is considered a conservative and
even received death threats for his remarks against gay marriage
in 2007.
Bagnasco's comments come in the wake of a proposal made by
Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge to grant Italian
citizenship automatically to all children born in Italy to
migrant parents.
Kyenge is Italy's first black minister and her appointment
has triggered a series of racist attacks.
Citizenship is a "fundamental human right of the person"
and one that needs to be "safeguarded," Bagnasco said.
Politics needs to find "concrete ways" in which those who
arrive in "Europe can find the integration that everyone wishes
for and that is owed".

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