Italy Abolishes Crime of Illegal Immigration

The Chamber of Deputies has approved a measure allowing the government to abolish the crime of illegal immigration.

Carabineri, Italian police

The same measure had already been approved by the Senate on 21st January 2014.

The measure transforms the crime of illegal immigration it into an administrative offence.

Irregular immigrants will still face expulsion if arrested. However, entering and staying illegally in Italy will no longer be a criminal offence.

Failure to leave the country after being given an expulsion order will also become an administrative offence.

The crime of illegal immigration was introduced in 2009 as part of the Security Law. It was strongly backed by the Northern League and People of Libe rty Party (PDL).

The Security Law made it a criminal offence to enter and stay illegally in the Italian territory. Those found guilty could not be sent to prison but risked a fine ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 Euros, and expulsion.

It will now be upon the government to publish a Legislative Decree abolishing the crime of illegal immigration. The government must publish the Decree within 18 months.

– The Africa News