Italy tightens anti-migrant law

On 29 November Italy adopted a bill designed to more easily expel migrants and limit residency permits.

Adopted by the lower parliament with 396 votes, the bill spells the end for two-year "humanitarian protection" residency permits that was awarded to 25 percent of asylum seekers in Italy last year. Instead, residency permits will be awarded under stricter conditions such as a one-year "special protection" status or a six-month "natural disaster in country of origin" status.

The bill also introduces a new procedure to fast-track the expulsion of "dangerous" asylum seekers will also be implemented.

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