Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese in a recent photo taken in Rome | Photo: Ettore Ferrari /  ANSA
Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese in a recent photo taken in Rome | Photo: Ettore Ferrari / ANSA

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said Monday that the "time has come" for citizenship reform in the country but that it must be within parliament.

Italian interior minister Luciana Lamorgese said Monday that the "time has come" for citizenship reform in the country but that it must be within parliament.

She made the comment in an interview with the La Via Libera magazine, reiterating that in recent months migration management "has become much more difficult."

Security decree changes 'took a great deal of work'

The minister then discussed changes to Italy's security decrees, noting that they were the result of a "lengthy and complex process that bore fruit.

"We clarified in what cases humanitarian protection can be given, broadened the possibility to convert stay permits for work reasons, reintroduced the possibility to offer asylum seekers jobs with a social usefulness value, re-established the right for all those who have requested international protection to sign up at the registry and shortened the time required for responses to citizenship requests for naturalization and marriage from four to three years."

In the interview, Lamorgese warned that Italy may see a rise in organized crime due to the COVID-19 crisis.

"The eyes of mafias are focused on the huge amount of funding introduced by the government and soon also by the EU. Organized crime groups are trying to get their hands on businesses and entire production chains and this is shown by the growth of anti-mafia interdictions [administrative blocks issued to stop the mafia infiltrating the public administration and society.]," she said.

"[These interdictions] block activities by businesses who are suspected of having been infiltrated by organized crime groups. From August 2019 to July 2020, some 1,865 were issued compared with 1,491 during the same period of the previous year," she added.

 

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