The start of Italy’s populist government has already left markets rattled due to the talk of Euro-exit, but now the rising populism also leaves refugees worried over immigration reform, given that Mr Matteo will be the new Interior Minister, responsible for Immigration.
The government, made up of the Anti-EU party Five-Star-Movement and the Anti-Immigration party Lega Nord of Matteo Salvini has not yet stated what it will do about the half a million African refugees it houses, but if those immigrants go with what Mr Salvini promised, the future is looking bleak.
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Furthermore, Mr Salvini’s popularity has strengthened ever greater since the elections. Support for the Lega Nord party now stands at around 25% according to the most recent opinion polls in La Republicca newspaper, or up from some 17% in March.
45-year-old Mr Salvini has always stated he would put “Italians first” during the election campaign and in the midst of the alliance’s negotiations said a new administration would begin only if Lega was given free rein at cracking down on “the business” of illegal immigration.
During negotiations with the Five-Star-Movement, Mr Salvini promised: “If I go into government, I want to do what I promised to do,” meaning getting rid of “delinquents” and dismantle the previous administration’s “€50bn migration reception” policy.
In the refugee camps, fear is rising. Mr Hamadoun Fofana, who fled Mali in 2015 and ended up in an Italian camp, says he doesn’t know much about Mr Matteo Salvini, Italy's potential new interior minister but everyone in the camp knows about the proposal to deport 500,000 illegal migrants from the country.
He stated: "No one here has ever been mean to me, and I hope that isn't about to change."
Refugee organization “Migrazione”, via it’s President Simone Andreotti said: "Salvini can't push that through even if he wanted to," claiming that the promised deportation of half a million people looks nice as a political promise but the new government would first have to locate that many people and then find a country willing to take them. He believes that while the policy is popular with many Italians who voted for Mr Salvini, it can't be put into practice.
"What's really worrying about Salvini's popularity is that facts don't matter, that he uses migrants to fan Italians' fears," Mr Andreotti stated.