Italian cabinet clears decree on security and migrants

Asylum seekers will be stripped of status in case of conviction

24 September, 18:13

    ROME - Premier Giuseppe Conte's cabinet on Monday approved a decree that brings together previous legislation on the issues of security and migrants. "I'm happy," Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said via Twitter.

    "It is a step forward towards making Italy safer". The leader of the rightwing League party said the package will stop the asylum requests of convicts and dangerous individuals. "Asylum seekers' applications will be stopped in the case in which there is social dangerousness or a conviction at a first-instance trial," Salvini told a news conference, adding that this mechanism was drafted with the help of "mediation and suggestions". He said the part of the decree that foresees the revocation of citizenship for people convicted of terrorism felonies was "absolute good sense". He also said that the government was aiming to "close all Roma camps by the end of the current parliamentary term".

    The 'Salvini decree' on migration and security is made up of 42 articles. The first 16 in the draft that went into Monday's cabinet meeting featured measures regarding the granting of residence permits, international protection status and citizenship.

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