Sunday, March 1, 2015
As previously reported on the ImmigrationProf blog, immigration tensions continue to arise in Europe. The BBC reports that thousands of supporters of Italy's Northern League on Saturday held a rally against immigration in one of Rome's biggest squares. League leader Matteo Salvini accused Mr Renzi of substituting the country's interests to those of the European Union.
Lega Nord is a regionalist political party in Italy. The party is often referred to as Northern League by English-language media. The party takes a tough stance on crime, illegal immigration, especially from Muslim countries, and terrorism. It supports the promotion of immigration from non-Muslim countries in order to protect the "Christian identity" of Italy and Europe, which, according to party officials, should be based on "Judeo-Christian heritage." Because of this, the party has been labeled as "xenophobic" and "anti-immigrant."