Concerns about public order and illegal immigration

Italy
Istituto Affari Internazionali
 
·         Rise in prices: In the last year the prices of basic goods, such as food, oil and energy, have increased considerably. This issue has been the centre of press articles and interventions by politicians.
 
·         Security and crime: Italian public opinion is getting increasingly worried about the lack of public order in some areas of Italy. Episodes of violence are given a lot of space in Italian press and TV shows.
 
·         Immigration: This issue is partly connected to the previous one, because in the last months there has been an increase in illegal immigration. This had led to some episodes of tension in the so-called “Centri di Prima Accoglienza” – the temporary shelters in which the illegal immigrants are hosted until they are repatriated to their country of origin – and sometimes to racist reactions by the Italian public opinion.
 
·         Reform of international institutions and the Italian G8 Presidency: This is an issue of high political salience. The Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, has repeatedly declared the Italian government’s will to promote and participate in the reform of the international governance system. From the Italian point of view, this is a particularly important topic, since it will be one of the top priorities of the Italian Presidency of the G8 in 2009.
 
·         The conflict in the Middle East: Both the Italian public opinion and the press have shown a particular interest in this topic, which has probably been one of the most covered by the political debate in the last weeks.