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Italy needs new citizenship law, says report

Office against discrimination says foreigners need equal rights

07 November, 20:08
Italy needs new citizenship law, says report (ANSA) - Rome, November 7 - A new citizenship law is need to help foreigners trying to integrate in Italy, the Association of Italian Christian Workers (ACLI) said in a report released Wednesday.

"Only by giving foreigners equal rights will Italians learn to respect them as equals," said Andrea Olivero, president of ACLI.

The publication, 'Integration, legality, citizenship - A challenge for all' was presented with the support of the European Commission and European Center for Workers (EZA) in Palermo and will be followed by a four-day workshop.

"We need to work on integration. Italians will lose their prejudices only by opening their eyes to the facts. Immigration is offering a great contribution in terms of economic and social welfare," Olivero said. Marco De Giorgi from Italy's National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) said that more than 1,000 cases of discrimination were reported since the beginning of the year.

"There is a growth in a new kind of racism in which the perpetrators believe that discrimination it is acceptable, condoning violence indirectly".