Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

MPs begin discussions on citizenship reforms

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Rome, June 4 - Italian MPs met on Tuesday to
discuss a proposal for reforms to the country's citizenship law
for Italian-born children of migrants, Integration Minister
Cecile Kyenge said.
The meeting "among a bipartisan group of parliamentarians
and members of all parties" is just a "starting point", Kyenge
said.
Kyenge's calls for reform of Italy's citizenship laws have
won support from many quarters.
However, Italy's Interior Minister and Deputy Premier
Angelino Alfano, the secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
People of Freedom (PdL) party, has said the issue was not a
priority for the government.
"That reforms are needed, no problem. But it shouldn't
mean that anyone can become Italian just by passing through the
delivery room," Alfano said in a radio interview last week.
Comedian-turned-political Beppe Grillo, whose
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) won around a quarter of
the vote in February's general elections, has said any changes
to the citizenship law should be put to a referendum.
"We must start from birth right to citizenship and then
adapt the proposal to fit the country. Children of immigrants do
not have a choice where they are born, but are part of this
country that is for all," Kyenge said.
AC Milan striker and a member of the Italian national
team Mario Balotelli recently said he supported proposed
reforms.
Balotelli was born in Sicily to parents from Ghana
and only obtained his Italian citizenship when he turned 18, the
legal age in Italy for people born elsewhere.

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