Italy Migration Policy Fails to Deter Record Number of Migrants
Despite Italy’s tough immigration policies, the number of migrants who reached the country in 2023 reached more than 155,000, a 50% increase from the previous year.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, called the increase a “failure” for the government.
More than 150,000 asylum seekers arrived in Italy in 2023, up from 103,000 in 2022.
Unrest and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East have prompted people from those regions to seek a better life in Europe.
Since the right-wing Brothers of Italy party came to power in Italy, the government has implemented a number of strict immigration measures, including the rapid deportation of illegal migrants and cuts to funding for non-governmental organizations that help migrants.
Salvini said that the government’s policies are working to deter migrants, but the numbers suggest otherwise.
The increase in migration is a major challenge for Italy, which is already facing a number of other problems, including a declining economy and a rising crime rate.