Why crimes by immigrants are on the rise
The week's news at a glance.
Luca RicolfiLa Stampa
Italians are fed up with immigrants, said Luca Ricolfi in Turins La Stampa. Crime is on the increase, and most of the criminals are foreigners. Bank robbers and muggers of foreign origin outnumber Italian criminals by a rate of 5to1. Its gotten so bad that even the leftists, who usually support refugees and asylum seekers, are calling for immigration controls. But thats misguided. If you look closely at the data, youll see that rises and dips in crime in Italy dont follow immigration patterns; they follow the general economic trendwith one notable exception. The current spike in violent crime began last August, immediately after the new government of Romano Prodiin a sweeping amnesty meant to right the wrongs of the Berlusconi yearsfreed some 24,000 burglars. So while its still true that criminals are disproportionately immigrants, it doesnt follow that halting immigration will cause crime to plummet. The foreign criminals are already here, eagerly becoming recidivists. The lesson isnt to discriminate against foreigners. Its to keep prisoners in jail where they belong.