Elections in Italy: in Rome, immigrants divided by the victory of Giorgia Meloni

Antonino Galofaro, Frédéric Michel, edited by Yanis Darras
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11:06 a.m., September 28, 2022

After the victory of the right-wing alliance in Italy, including the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party, the immigrants present in the country are wondering about their place in Italian society in the future. In the streets of Rome, while many believe that nothing will change, concerns persist.

And now, what will happen after the very probable victory of Giorgia Meloni? This is the question posed by the five and a half million immigrants living in Italy. In Rome, Roni sells flowers in a market in the center of the capital. He arrived in 2013 from Bangladesh and is not afraid of the “Bella Signora Meloni” as he likes to call her. “I don’t think the way Italians look is changing at all. There’s no problem if you’re in good standing, if you have a job, if you respect the laws. I hope everything will be fine for everyone. world, for Italians and also for foreigners”, he explains at the microphone of Europe 1.

“I hope people don’t mix it up”

A little further, in a luxury building in the capital, the caretaker of the residence, of Sri Lankan origin and who obtained Italian nationality after 20 years in the country, is a little more worried. “I hope people don’t confuse it. I’ve worked here for a long time and I see that there are fundamentally bad people, who sometimes scare me downright. And you wonder: ‘Why are they behaving? like that ?'”


Valeria, who voted this Sunday hoping that many Italians would do like her to limit the score for the right, fears an increase in racist acts in her country. “People are going to do something to immigrants because there will be Giorgia Meloni, so they will feel that there will be no punishment. It’s my fear”, she admits, even if in the streets of Rome, this feeling remains, for the moment, in the minority.

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