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  Italy to compile 'register' of Roma people: Matteo Salvini
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jun 18, 2018 07:32pm
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News DateMonday, June 18, 2018 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionItalian authorities are to carry out a census of Roma people with a view to deporting those without papers, according to new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Salvini, head of the anti-immigration League party that is the junior party in Italy's governing coalition, plans to order "a survey of Roma in Italy to find out who, how, how many", he told a northern Italian TV station on Monday, saying the information would be collected in a "register".

"Irregular [undocumented] foreigners will be deported via agreements with other countries, but Italian Roma unfortunately you have to keep at home," he was quoted as saying.

Salvini has a long history of targeting Italy's Roma population, which numbers an estimated 130,000-170,000, around half of whom are believed to be Italian citizens.

The League has already proposed creating exceptional laws for Roma people that would make it easier for authorities to remove children from their families if they were found not to be attending school, while Salvini has called for Roma camps to be "bulldozed" and accused Romani of preferring crime to work.
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