Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Kyenge says Italy will 'gradually' change citizenship law


Turin, May 20 - The Italian government should
"gradually" find its way to extending citizenship automatically
to children born in this country, Integration Minister Cecile
Kyenge said Monday.
She spoke just days after Angelino Alfano, Italy's interior
minister and deputy premier, said the issue was not a priority
for the government.
Kyenge, who has been pressing the issue, refused to respond
directly to Alfano's statement when she spoke to reporters
Monday at the Turin Book Fair.
But she made it clear that she wasn't losing hope.
"We need to meet and gradually get to a proposal," on
ensuring the Italian-born children of migrants are given
citizenship status, she said.
The issue, she added, is one "that must be tackled through
an atmosphere of confrontation and dialogue, involving both
civil society and the state institutions".
As she spoke, members of the right-wing Fratelli d'Italia
mounted a flash-mob protest on Rome's Spanish Steps, unfurling a
banner expressing their opposition to an opening up of
citizenship laws.
Kyenge, a doctor who was born in the Democratic Republic of
Congo, is Italy's first black cabinet minister.
Her efforts to reform Italy's immigration laws have been
running into strong opposition.
The anti-immigrant Northern League and other parties on the
right have argued for tougher immigration laws and enforcement,
and have warned that Kyenge's proposals would increase the flow
of migrants into the country.

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