This research explores Italians’ experiences with and perceptions of immigrants, along with their ideas of how the government should formulate immigration policy. Using in person surveys, 117 subjects were interviewed in the northern, central and southern regions of Italy. After accounting for variables like age, gender, and region, the data revealed interesting trends. Overall, the main findings of this study hold that there is a connection between the proximity of a subject’s relationship with immigrants and how positive their experiences are. These experiences can influence how the subject then views immigrants as either an advantage or a disadvantage, however, other factors like culture and economy, also play important roles. Finally, most subjects recognized the failures of the Italian government to properly handle immigration reform and generally favored the idea of increasing restrictions on who could enter the country.
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"Experience with and Perceptions of Immigrants in Italy,"
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union:
Vol. 2019, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/urceu/vol2019/iss1/2