Immigration and economy are the two issues that will decide the results of the elections in Italy in 2018. The voters will cast their votes in just 14 days time. Politics in Italy has been rocked by the issue of immigration in the recent years. The arrival of 600,000+ immigrants in the past 4 years has witnessed enhanced support for parties that are against immigration.
In the beginning of February 2018, there was a national debate regarding the issue of immigration. It appears that this will be a major deciding factor even as the nation chooses its new government, as quoted by the Express Co UK.
An expert on Italian politics Daniele Albertazzi from the Birmingham University said that the debate in the nation is just getting centered on drawbacks of immigration. They are not focusing on the millions of immigrants who have assimilated in the country. These immigrants are working in the factories of the north that would have been shut down without immigrant workers, added the expert.
Matteo Salvini the leader of the Northern League party said that immigrants are depriving the Italians of their accommodations. Silvio Berlusconi the ex-Prime Minister had vowed to deport the illegal immigrants if his party is voted to power.
Stefan Lehne the expert at the Carnegie Europe think tank said that Berlusconi might speak hard things regarding immigration. However, it was he who accepted the regulation of Dublin. This has placed a special liability on Italy. He is also the one who put forth the greatest efforts for the legalization of immigrants, added Lehne.
Lehne said that much of the fury of the Italians is due to worries over economy and discontent with the state functioning.
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