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Italian election frontrunner Salvini vows to kick out half a million migrants

Matteo Salvini, one of the frontrunners to become Italy’s next Prime Minister, has vowed to deport half a million illegal migrants if he comes to power. Italy will go to the polls on 4 March.

Published: January 26, 2018, 6:59 am

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    “There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home,” he told la Repubblica newspaper.

    The Northern League chief pledged to expel 100 000 illegal migrants in his first year in power and the remaining 400 000 during the rest of his tenure.

    On Italy’s future in the EU, Salvini warned voters they can “choose between the Democratic Party that has sold off families and businesses, the chaos of the M5s (Five Star Movement) and a centre that has a common program based on the revision of the (EU) treaties”.

    He noted that the Northern League’s position was the most consistent.

    According to Reuters, a poll taken in 2013 before the migrant crisis erupted, showed that only 4 percent of Italians considered immigration as one of the two most important issues facing their country. Last year, that figure had risen to 36 percent.

    Salvini said he would seek to make Italy’s voice heard in the European Union, and if Brussels says no, “we are willing to do anything to defend the national interest”.

    “Italians are willing to disregard the rules of the Euro,” Salvini added.

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