Meet the new interior minister of Italy. He’s taking a play from Donald Trump’s no nonsense illegal immigration playbook, and he’s ready to start taking action against foreign invaders who are forever changing Italy’s culture and wreaking havoc on their economy.

Immigration has rocked politics in recent years and the arrival of more than 600,000 migrants over the last four years has seen a surge in support for the country’s anti-immigration parties.

At a February 2018, rally in Rome the leader of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini, said: “I’m sick of seeing the immigrants in the hotels and the Italians who sleep in cars.”

The economy in Italy is weak and unemployment is higher than the EU average, which has also proved a key issue in the election and has fed a eurosceptic and anti-migrant sentiment.

The nation’s staggering public debt stands as one of the main factors behind growing euroscepticism in the country and although new measures have already led to a slight fall in debt levels, the Bank of Italy revealed in October the government owes an eye-watering €2.3trillion.

As the EU’s third-largest economy, Italy’s debt worries could have far-reaching consequences for the superstate. –Express

Italy’s new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini will be in Sicily Sunday to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power at one of the country’s main landing points for refugees.

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

The head of the far-right League is on the road seeking to rally support for his party’s candidates in municipal elections later this month, as part of a broader effort to boost the traditionally secessionist party’s profile in the country’s poorer south.

But immigration is Salvini’s primary bugbear and the newly minted deputy prime minister in Italy’s populist coalition government has added a stop in migration hotspot Pozzallo.

The port town in Sicily’s south is on the front line: one of the main places where military and humanitarian boats bring refugees fleeing war, persecution, and famine across North Africa and the Middle East.

Salvini had said after being sworn in that he would ask his ministry’s experts “how to reduce the number of arriving migrants and increase the number of expulsions”.

“The good times for illegals is over — get ready to pack your bags,” he said Saturday at a rally in Italy’s north.

“Countries need to start doing their job and no more smugglers should be docking in Italian ports,” he said in a swipe at the NGOs organizing rescues at sea, which he has regularly accused of complicity with people traffickers.

To speed up deportations — of which there were just 6,500 in 2017 — Salvini will have to increase the number of detention centers and sign agreements with origin countries, many of which are not eager to re-receive their citizens.

In a bid to find funds, Salvini is eying the billions of euros set aside every year to deal with the demands of the asylum seekers.-France 24

Matteo Salvini shocked the European union when in July 2016, he claimed he would remove the EU’s common currency from the Italian government.

Mr Salvini, 45, told an event in Rome that his party would quit the embattled eurozone without even holding a referendum on the issue.

He said: “You do not need a referendum because it would be a massacre for the Italian economy.


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