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  • It was night in Rome’s down-market suburb of Infernetto, and to show that immigrants are unwelcome there, rightwingers fashioned gruesome mannequins clothed all in white, and hanged them from bridge rafters over a main road. This was a local protest, but the wave of anti-immigrant feeling shows signs of penetrating into the wider population, with fallout in this weekend’s regional vote in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria
  • After Italian sea rescues of almost 72,000 immigrants and its hosting of over 109,000 so far this year, at a cost of almost $12 million a month, the European Union is finally listening to Italy’s pleas for its humanitarian mission to be shared. An agreement, reached in Brussels this week between Interior Minister Angelino Alfano and EU Internal Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem, calls for Italy’s lone-wolf rescue operation to be replaced by a shared EU project to be called “Frontex Plus.” The proposal is a break-through, but not all will be smooth sailing.
  • Library: Articles & Reviews
    At a time when Italy has transformed itself into a country of arrival, dealing with the issues of social misunderstanding and bigotry that accompany immigration, this anthology reminds Italians of their own citizens who left the country well over a century ago facing innumerable trials and tribulations in their new locales.
  • The Calandra Italian American Institute, in collaboration with ILICA, organized an insightful panel discussion on Italian American identity: “The New Generation of Americans of Italian Origins: the Value of the Italian Heritage in the 21st Century.”
  • Both the daily horde of exhausted, hungry immigrants landing on the shores of Sicily and those who tend to them after their arrival are in despair. Even before this week some 2,000 immigrants were known to be on the island. Twice those from last year are arriving, even as the season of fair weather has only begun. The police prefect of Sicily has appealed for help from Rome, but in the meantime the Sicilian holding centers are on the verge of collapse. Many, including a number of pregnant women, arrived via Libya from Syria
  • Events: Reports
    Giulia Madron(January 29, 2014)
    On January 28, 2014 the Calandra Italian American Institute of New York organized the event “I Giovani D’Italia: Living Italy in New York,” a panel to discuss the new wave of young Italians who are moving to the US
  • Even as Italian fire fighters brought up more bodies this morning from the moral as well as physical abyss off the isle of Lampedusa, a battle over the Italian law governing immigration rages. Of the over 500 known to have been aboard the ship that burned early Thursday, 143 bodies were recovered while another 220, and possibly more, have been identified inside the sunken ship today. This latest tragedy means that Italy's harsh immigration law is under severe scrutiny.
  • Facts & Stories
    Giulia Madron(October 03, 2013)
    So far 94 people are reported dead in today's tragic event off the shore of Lampedusa, among them 4 children and a pregnant woman. The political world reacts to another incident that could have been prevented...

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