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Violence against immigrants will not solve dispute

Bronwen Maddox

Published 12/01/2010 | 05:00

African immigrants cook in a makeshift camp in the countryside near the village of Rosarno, southern Italy. They were forced to leave their homes after racial unrest
African immigrants cook in a makeshift camp in the countryside near the village of Rosarno, southern Italy. They were forced to leave their homes after racial unrest

THE solution to Europe's tension over immigration does not lie in the violence of southern Italy in the past week, or in the government's sharp and inflammatory response. The explosion of rioting in the Calabrian town of Rosarno has led to an ugly evacuation of immigrants, mainly African, that has been dubbed "ethnic cleansing".

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No one questions the pressures on Italy from the flood of immigrants, many illegal. Italy, with Spain, bears the brunt of illegal traffic into the European Union.

Both countries have long coastlines, impossible to police, which face Africa, and in Italy's case, the east as well. Immigrants from Albania, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Africa line up to try their luck at penetrating the EU's borders.

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