Immigrant families whose children were born in Italy | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro Di Marco
Immigrant families whose children were born in Italy | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro Di Marco

Save The Children has urged Italy to reform its citizenship law for children from migrant families. There are hundreds of thousands of young people who were born in Italy, but don't have citizenship because their parents were migrants.

It is necessary to reform Italy's citizenship law with regard to foreign minors born and raised in the country, Save the Children said on Monday during an event in the Chamber of Deputies. 

The organization argued that the current law was outdated -- they said that it had stopped thousands of children and adolescents who were born and/or raised in Italy from becoming citizens.

Reform to citizenship law

Reforms to the Italian citizenship law are needed, said Raffaela Milano, director of Save the Children's programs in Italy, to make sure that people who were already an integral part of the country could receive the citizenship.  

Milano argued that a reform would be in line with the Italian constitution and the UN convention on the rights of children, because they promote "acting in the interest of children and adolescents, non-discrimination, equal opportunities, as well as justice, humanity, [and] inclusion."

Every tenth students has no Italian citizenship

As of January 1, 2018, there were 1.3 million minors with a migration background in Italy who had either acquired Italian citizenship or were still foreign nationals, according to Save the Children. Of them, 991,000 (75%) were born in Italy. 

In Italian schools, students with non-Italian citizenship totalled 841,719 during the 2017-2018 school year, according to the education ministry. That's one out of every ten students. 63.3% of these student had been born in Italy. 


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