The Wall of Padua~Italian Ghetto CBC National 2008 01 29 divx
Don Murray reports on Via Anelli, a walled ethnic slum that has come to symbolize the failure of the immigrant experience in Italy
The Anelli estate in Padua is a cluster of crumbling high-rise flats.It was built in the 1980s to house the city's considerable student population. ;; It became home to several hundred African immigrants.
It had a reputation for crime, drugs and prostitution, and is a constant source of angry complaints from local Italian residents.
After riots in 2006, an apartheid-style wall—a ring of steel-- separated it from the neighborhood and now finally it is empty. But the controversy rages on.
Countless millions of poor Italians emigrated around the world. Now the shoe is on the other foot.
Now Italy needs cheap labor but no comprehensive laws allow the needed migrants to be integrated in an orderly, legal fashion.
There are 1.6 African migrants in a population of 60 million. Is the issue purely racism?
Ghettos develop and crime hotspots disturb local areas and like elsewhere it is a hot button issue without the political will for a solution. (poster's description)
Jan 30, 2008, 20:39:26
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