Citizenship for immigrants.

Making it easier for immigrants to obtain Italian citizenship is one of the new governments priorities. The minister of the interior Giuliano Amato has promised a reform of the present laws, and gover...

Immigrants in Italy.

According to statistics published by Caritas the Catholic relief organisation there were over 3 million legal immigrants living in Italy at the end of 2005 (compared to 2.786.340 in 2004). This figu...

New immigration quotas suggested.

The Italian government is proposing to re-open the quoti flussi a controlled legalisation system for immigrants from countries outside the European Union. The quota is set annually for immigrants who...

Support for Muslim prisoners.

Muslims in Lazio prisons will now be provided with assistance and spiritual comfort from Muslim clerics and volunteers, thanks to an agreement signed between the regions prison administration and Rome...

New middle class immigrants.

Italys immigrants are beginning to establish themselves financially in the country, opening bank accounts and even owning houses, according to the socio-economic research institute Censis. A survey of...

Muslim integration.

The minister of the interior, Giuseppe Pisan has had a second meeting with the 16-member nationwide Islamic committee set up to assist the integration of Muslims in Italy. At the meeting on 7 March th...

Writing competition for immigrants.

Entries are invited for a writing competition aimed at adult immigrants living in Rome. Entitled La mia vita a Roma, it offers immigrants the opportunity to write unedited about their relationship wit...

Immigrant help desk for Christmas.

An information desk has opened at the immigration offices in Via Teofilo Patini in the Tor Cervara area of the city. It is designed to help any immigrants going home for the Christmas holidays who nee...

Romes Chinese open Buddhist temple.

Hundreds of Chinese Buddhists from all over Europe were in Rome on 6 November for the opening of the first Chinese Buddhist temple in Europe in Via Ferruccio 8, near the Piazza Vittorio in the Esquili...

Collecting second-hand clothes.

A collection is taking place of mens jackets, shoes, hats and gloves for distribution to the homeless around the area of Stazione Ostiense in Rome. Anyone wishing to contribute second-hand clothes (on...

Italy's immigrants double.

The estimated number of foreigners officially registered in Italy doubled between the years 2000 to 2004 and now stands at nearly 2.8 million, according to the latest figures from Caritas-Migrantes. T...

Health shortfall spirals

The finances of Lazios public health service are close to 2 billion in the red. Back in May, shortly after his election, regional president Piero Marrazzo raised concerns about the hole in the budget...

Foreign pension contributions rise.

Between 1991 and 2002, the number of foreigners paying into INPS (Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale), Italys state-run pensions scheme, rose from some 209,000 to over 1.4 million individuals...

Hunting for truffles.

There are food festivals all over Italy for those who have a fat pocketbook and a passion for truffles. The national white truffle festival will run until 6 November in Alba, Italys most famous town...

Books in Italy.

Figures released by ISTAT, the Italian national statistics institute, on the eve of the opening of the international book fair in Frankfurt, show that in 2004 there was a drop in the number of publis...

Dialling for information.

With the opening-up of the telephone information service to competition, the number 12, which was once the only service available, has been replaced with a series of numbers offered by the various tel...

Italian for immigrants

Two Italian parliamentarians, both members of the Northern League political party, have proposed a law which would institute classes for immigrant children who do not speak Italian. To be admitted i...

Wine flows freely at Marino.

If you have never attended an Italian countryside wine festival this could be a good one to try. The Sagra dellUva 2005 will take place in Marino in the Castelli Romani, 25 km from Rome, on Saturday 1...

Romes Rom on the move.

The number of Rom Romany people originally coming from eastern Europe living in Rome has risen from 10,000 in 2001 to 15,000 in 2005. They live in 26 encampments around the city and in the past few...

Consulting Italys Muslims.

In an effort to improve relations with Italys large Muslim community, the minister of the interior, Giuseppe Pisan, is setting up an Islamic consultative committee to find concrete solutions to the pr...

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