Italy started a crackdown on illegal immigration in
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proposed new rules under which
illegal immigrants would be deported more speedily, even before
their appeals are heard.
The new and less welcoming national mood was expressed by the
Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Italy and Europe, he said
had a "reduced capacity to welcome immigrants. We have neither the
space nor the natural resources of big countries."
One problem for Italy is refugees arriving illegally by ship. In
2001, about 20,000 illegal migrants came ashore this way.
Some said they had paid between $2000 and $4000 to get to Germany
Italy toughens immigrant stance