Italy far-right gains ground with anti-migrant rhetoric

Feb 19, 2018, 6:16 AM EST
Right-wing coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi leads in opinion polls ahead of elections next month.
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As Italy goes to polls next month, polls show the right-wing coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi maintaining an upper hand with its anti-immigration rhetoric aimed at getting millions of as-yet-undecided voters on board.

The country’s far-right Northern League has vowed to introduce mass deportation of an estimated 400,000 migrants to Africa if it comes to power, writes The Guardian.

Italy, thronged by 600,000 migrants over the last four years, is witnessing a Eurosceptical and anti-migrant sentiment that resonates with populist sentiment defining the country’s election campaign, notes The Irish Times.