Italian elections : Xenophobia is a worrying trend

Brussels, 5 March 2018 - Reacting to the results of national elections in Italy on 4 March, Claudia Marà, Board member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), said :

“The progress made by parties promoting xenophobia in the Italian election reflects a deeply worrying trend : politicians across Europe are scapegoating migrants and minorities and spreading fear to gain votes, instead of proposing real solutions to improve living conditions across society.

The racist shooting targeting Black people in Macerata during the election campaign resulted in further fear mongering instead of condemnation of racist violence. Between 2010 and 2017, most hate crimes were racially motivated. People of colour are likely to be even less safe if the future Italian government continues on this track.

Especially in the run-up to the 2019 EU elections, we need courageous politicians who stand up to racism and offer solutions for a better future.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Georgina Siklossy : georgina@enar-eu.org - +32 (0)2 229 35 70 or +32 (0)473 49 05 31

With the support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, the Open Society Foundations, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Sigrid Rausing Trust