15 November 2018
Italy Opinion

Italy and Immigration: Two Sides of the Coin


Italy tormented. Italy confused. Italy angry. Italy disappointed. Italy mocked and targeted, betrayed by spellcasters who, as if they were virtues, proclaimed “promises as a sailor,” never kept.

Italy divided in half because there are those who hope and trust and those who, instead, distrust and get angry when they hear lies uttered only to increase consensus.

Will trust be born of ingenuity? Sometimes it is. But, very often, trust is only a consequence of the hope that is placed in some individuals who, through the art of knowing how to speak, can “catch” the purer consciences of citizens and, therefore, of those who have rights to vote.

The immigration phenomenon and the intentions of Salvini

A very delicate issue of trust is that which is linked to immigration. Today, more than ever, immigration has become extremely topical in Italy. On the front line, among the Italian political trenches, is Matteo Salvini, who wants to send everyone back to his or her country of origin.

According to an Op-ed piece in the New York times: “You’ll never hear Matteo Salvini, the League’s vociferous leader, remind his voters that this year the number of African migrants rescued off the Libyan coast decreased dramatically — to 11,288, a drop of 84 percent — from 2017.”

As if that weren’t enough,  Matteo Salvini, has set a new goal: to cut the daily allowance of migrants to 19 euros.

Yet, humanity is a value that must be taken into account and must never be set aside.

Even the latest episode of Italian news sees, as guilty, some immigrants who  allegedly abused a girl. According to the New York Times, “the police had discovered the body of a 16-year-old girl, Desirée Mariottini, who they believe had been repeatedly raped, perhaps while unconscious, and left for dead by African migrants.”

Salvini appears on the scene of the crime. He is challenged, as if he took advantage of these vicissitudes to give substance to his “electoral campaign” and instil fear in citizens. He is trying, in this way, to bring the Italians towards his political orientation and at the same time, deviate from all the others.

Phobias are born for valid reasons and, in the context mentioned above, I think the reason is quite clear. In this way, answers are obtained that satisfy the people. But is this really the right way to act?

Italian’s aren’t racist

It’s useful to reiterate that what differentiates us certainly isn’t the color of our skin, but the way we think and see things (even how we only want to see them).By now, in this context, it isn’t permissible to speak again of hatred due to the color of skin. Hatred, rather, stems from that which someone wants to inculcate through fears and phobias.

Italians aren’t racist. They know what immigration is because, back in the day, we Italians too had to abandon everything to look for something stable and lasting in order to create a future.

Searching hearts for solutions

 On one hand, Italy’s geographical position lends itself  to welcoming immigrants. On the other hand, Italy doesn’t have a huge amount of resources that allow it to meet all the needs of every single non-EU citizen. Perhaps at least a handful of the EU  immigrants could be welcome.

In any case, each of us has a conscience that allows us to understand what’s right and what isn’t. For this reason, it would be useful to share thoughts, to talk about it and to look for a solution. The benevolence, the love, the warmth of those close to you, the altruism – nobody can deny all this.

A local Italian charity, which was denied funding to help asylum seekers, admonishes their young to: “Express in the most appropriate way solidarity to friends, asylum seekers and refugees, for whom, at this time, the possibility of living this experience is denied. With Pope Francis, who welcomed, listened to and encouraged all the young people of the world through the recently concluded Synod, we would also like to say ‘Young don’t let yourselves steal dreams!’”

Eleonora Boccuni

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