Last week, an Italian woman was walking home when she was brutally attacked by a band of criminals who not only robbed her but left her dead body in a gully. The crime has aroused a fury of anger by Italians against their immigrant population which numbers nearly a million. Police swept through Roma immigrant camps, which are nothing more than shanties thrown together out of discarded wood and boxes. They demolished hundreds of these shanties and sent the immigrants to staging areas where they will be deported. A new law just passed by Italy’s parliament allows a local prefect to expel any European Union citizen is their actions constitute threaten “public security.” The law is now being enforced throughout Italy against Roma immigrants who historically have been hounded and persecuted wherever they attempt to live. Recent figures in London reveal that while the foreign immigrant population is 27% of the population, they only commit 20% of the crimes. Since arrival of about 700,000 immigrants nine months ago from countries like Rumania, Romas have been charged with exactly nine murders. It would be interesting to ascertain the number of murders committed by members of the Mafia during the same time period. Xenophobic and populist politicians are having a field day with the murder in order to justify their desire to get rid of immigrants.
Fear of foreign people is alive in Italy, a nation which historically welcomed such arrivals to their country. A single murder has now become the spark plug to unleash the fury of populism against foreigners. Italy might benefit from a similar anger being directed toward the Mafia in Sicily where crime far surpasses anything done by Roma immigrants.