Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROSARNO (REGGIO CALABRIA)

Boldrini calls for migrant policy that reflects pope's words

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Rosarno (Reggio Calabria), July 12 - Italian House
Speaker Laura Boldrini on Friday called for new migrant policy
that heeds the words of Pope Francis, who on Monday called for
respect and sympathy for them on a visit to the island of
Lampedusa.
''Immigration policy should reflect the words of Pope
Francis, who in Lampedusa spoke of our incapacity to mourn and
take responsibility for our actions,'' Bodrini said in the
Calabrian town of Rosarno.
Rosarno, located in the toe of Italy's boot, is the home to
the 'Ndrangheta mafia, but also copes with significant number of
migrants coming across the Mediterranean from North Africa.
''Politics should also stay out of ideological contrasts,
populism and the opportunistic use of migration issues, which
should be governed with lucidity,'' Boldrini continued.
''One cannot ignore that politics has had and continues to
have responsibility in the immigration emergency. It is not
acceptable to improvise nor to leave these migrants to live in
inhuman conditions, just as it is not acceptable for mayors and
citizens of the Piana di Gioia Tauro to be left alone when they
deal with immigration,'' Boldrini said, making reference to the
local Calabrian territory where she was speaking.
''The same attitude of indifference toward migrants has
(affected) also young Calabrian victims of the economic crisis,
who are easy prey for the 'Ndrangheta,'' Boldrini concluded.

(photo: Italian House Speaker Laura Boldrini)

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