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Immigration in Italy: facts and myths ahead of election

ROME: A right-wing coalition shepherded by ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is capitalising on anti-immigrant feeling in the lead up to Italy’s general elections on March 4. Here are four sets of facts about common complaints, misconceptions and other aspects of immigration in Italy: ‘Too many of them’ Italy’s national statistics institute Istat says that there are five million foreigners legally resident in Italy. That’s 8.3 percent of the country’s population of 60.5 million. More than 690,000 migrants, most…