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Attitudes Towards National Identity, Immigration, and Refugees in Italy

July 2018

This report demonstrates that despite the election of a populist coalition government and frustration with both globalisation and migration policy, most Italians reject extreme views about migrants and refugees. Italians support the principle of asylum and believe that welcoming the stranger is an important part of Italian identity in this historically Catholic country. But they are also deeply frustrated by the European Union’s lack of assistance for Italy in managing the migration crisis, and they worry about their country’s ability to integrate the newcomers. The report shows that the landscape of public attitudes in Italy is more complex than many other European countries, with seven distinct segments of opinion among Italians – and a clear division between the supporters of the Five Star Movement and Lega coalition partners.

The full report in English can be downloaded here.

The full report in Italian can be downloaded here.