I asked Valerie, the author of the wonderful blog, The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife if I could post one of her blog posts titled “Have We Got Too Many Immigrants” to my blog. Because she is so awesome, she said “yes”! She is always entertaining, interesting, and , truthful. Living in Sicily gives her an immediate and unique perspective on immigration. Enjoy this post and please consider visiting her blog on a regular basis. She does some interesting things there.
Immigration is a hot topic in most developed countries. Apparently the Latino element in the USA turned out to vote for Obama in record numbers and are now asking for immigration policy reforms, to legitimise their not-so-legal relatives as formally recognised US residents. Olé!
These people are mainly economic migrants, though. In Sicily, we get Africans fleeing for their lives. Sicily is exactly half way between Europe and Africa, so we are in the front line.
I went through the immigration process in Italy myself when I moved here eight years ago. I tried, in those early, naïve days, to point out to anyone who would listen that there is such a thing as the European Union and that I should have the automatic right to live in Italy just because I wanted to. That’s how it works for EU citizens entering the UK.
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