Thursday, Apr 24th

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Rossi: Children born in Italy must be Italians

President of Tuscany Region Enrico Rossi has backed the call to grant Italian citizenship to children born in the country of immigrant parents. “We must recognise that whoever is born here is an Italian citizen,” he said.

In a recent address to 8,000 young people who attended a human rights meeting held at PalaMandela in Florence, Mr. Rossi said every year 33,000 children are born in Tuscany, out of which 8,000 are children of immigrant parents. “They are born here but don’t become Italians until they turn 18. They are your schoolmates, and it’s unfair that they must wait before becoming brothers of Italy.”

He said that granting citizenship immediately to children born in Italy of immigrant parents would be good for the future of all.

Mr. Rossi urged the young people to invite their parents and adult friends to sign and support the proposed law to grant citizenship to children born in Italy of


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