The Italian government, which has promised greater severity towards illegal foreigners, has decided to take a census of Roma people from eastern Europe living in illegal camps in Italy, a plan which, in its original form, included fingerprinting for all, including children. The census, which the government says is necessary to keep track of people here illegally, is part of a broader plan to exercise greater control over the Roma many of whom have lived in Italy for decades without documents, a problem which was an important campaign issue in last April

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