Italy’s interior minister vows to set up ‘census’ on Roma population in the country

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Series Details June 2018
Publication Date 19/06/2018
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Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini sparked controversy in June 2018 after calling for a census of the Roma community in the country that would lead to non-Italians being deported.

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His remarks on Roma were eventually rebutted by his fellow deputy prime minister, Luigi di Maio, who made clear that a census was unconstitutional. United Nations human rights official Birgit Van Hout condemned Mr Salvini's comments.

This controversy followed an earlier decision by Mr Salvini to refuse a rescue boat with over 600 migrants aboard. His government had only recently taken office, following a coalition agreement between the Northern League and the Five Star Movement.

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The Independent, 19.06.18: Italy's far-right government announces 'census' and deportations of Roma traveller population
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