Italy: Florence mayor says too many foreigners in public housing

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The leftist mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, Sunday called for measures to limit the number of foreigners in Italy’s public housing, warning against becoming like the heavily immigrant suburbs in France.

“The criteria used to assign social housing needs to be reviewed because in certain suburban neighbourhoods, we risk creating ghettos with one third Italians and one third non-European Union foreigners,” Nardella said in an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera. “The French model is a failure,” he said, referring to some areas outside French cities that have been rocked by violent protests by the mainly immigrant population that feels marginalised.