by Vincenzo Montefinese
The images of migrants hosted in Taranto in totally inadequate emergency facilities, waiting for a new destination
by Channel 4 Editorial Staff
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could offer incentives to northern cities who accept more migrants in an attempt to quell an anti-immigration row brewing between the north and south
The migrant crisis has become one of the top priorities for the Italian government, with Italy struggling to handle the tens of thousands of mainly African and Syrian migrants who have arrived on its southern shores since the beginning of the year. Matteo Renzi is now facing repeated attacks by the opposition right wing Northern League party as he attempts to introduce national quotas designed to cut the burden on the southern regions where most migrants arrive. The proposals have been met with opposition by leaders of Lombardy, Liguria and Veneto regions who warn they cannot accept more migrants.
Roberto Maroni, the Northern League governor of the prosperous Lombardy region warned: "Do not bring more migrants to Lombardy. We will cut money to the town halls who welcome them." Giovanni Toti, the newly-elected president of Liguria, added: "I have already said it: we will not receive any more migrants." Luca Zaia, the right-wing president of Veneto, said the region that includes Venice was: "Like a bomb ready to go off. The social tensions are absolutely crazy."
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