'Immigration has changed and laws should too', says minister
Almost 5 mln today compared with 500,000 in the 1980s04 February, 16:48
New arrivals two years ago totaled 351,000 people.
What has to change, she stressed, is above all "the approach, placing the individual and his or her rights at the center. However, there is also the need to comply with European directives and regulations".
The so-called Bossi-Fini law was ratified under the previous center-right administration, in which the anti-immigrant Northern League was a minority coalition partner. Kyenge has been the target of repeated racist slurs from the League since becoming integration minister under the current left-right administration led by Democratic Party (PD) Premier Enrico Letta.
The minister announced in late January that she had prepared a bill "to amend or repeal discriminatory laws" in Italy.