Most Italians (72,1%) approve granting citizenship to children born in the country of immigrant parents, a new survey by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) has revealed
Some 91,4% of Italians consider it right for immigrants to be granted citizenship after living legally in the country for a given number of years.
According to the survey, 59,5% of Italians hold that immigrants are discriminated against in the country.
Most of the respondents (80,8%) hold that it is very difficult for an immigrant to integrate into the Italian society with 2,4% convinced that it is impossible for them to do so.
The survey shows Italians don’t tolerate discrimination against immigrants. Almost 90% say it is unjustifiable to take a student for a ride or treat less favourably a worker because he/she is a foreigner.
Yet when it comes to allocating public housing, 55,3% of Italians agree that immigrants should come second to Italians.
At the same time, 48,7% of Italians hold that if jobs are scarce, then employers should give jobs to Italians first.
The survey also shows that 60% of Italians favour the presence of immigrants because it allows them to interact with other cultures.
Sixty three percent of Italians agree with the statement that immigrants are necessary because they take jobs Italians don't want while 35% hold that immigrants take away jobs from Italians.
According to 65,2% of Italians, there are too many immigrants in the country.
Some 30,4% approve mixed marriages but 20,4% don’t favour such marriages.
It appears that Italians generally approve mixed marriages as long as their own children are not involved. The survey reveals that 59,2% would have serious problems letting their children marry immigrants in general. It further reveals that more than a quarter of Italians would have a problem with a Roma or Sinti son or daughter in law.
Generally, most Italians don’t have a problem with having a foreign neighbour, but 68,4% said they would not like to have a Roma or Sinti neighbour.
The other unwelcome foreign neighbours are Romanians (not appreciated by 25,6% of the respondents) and Albanians (not appreciated by 24,8% of the respondents).
Majority of Italians (59,3%) appear tolerant of religious diversity. However, 26,9% are against establishing new places of worship near their homes while 41,1% are specifically against establishing a mosque in their area.
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a