Ius scholae survey: 6 out of 10 Italians agree with the citizenship of students of foreign origin

In view of thearrival at the “Ius Scholae” Discussion Room, recognizing Italian citizenship for the children of foreigners born or raised in Italy after completing 5 years of schooling, ActionAid presents the results of the survey conducted by Quorum / Youtrend to find out what Italians think about reform. This morning during the meeting at the Quirinal with the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Federation of ActionAid, thanks to the intervention of activist Ada Ugo Abara, the organization said the desire to implement the reform of the law of citizenship for children who grew up in our country.

The survey. Italians are unaware of the criteria proposed by the Ius Scholae Reform, 62% do not know what the citizenship law consists of, which will be examined in the Chamber. There is a strong ignorance on the subject that reveals how the phenomenon and debate in public opinion and politics are conditioned by low consciousness and ideological positions. Indeed, once the details of the reform are known, about 6 out of 10 Italians are in favor of the current Ius Scholae proposal. A broad front of consensus that goes beyond party affiliations and also crosses the center right: 48% of League voters agree with the Ius Scholae, 35% of whom declare themselves electors of the Brothers of Italy e 58% of Forza Italia respondents. In addition to a very wide favorable front among the rest of the voters, there is a strong openness to reform precisely in the fields that in Parliament are extremely negative and oppose the text of the law.

More awareness means more openness. The actual number of students without citizenship attending Italian schools is unknown to the vast majority of respondents (only 11% indicate the approximate correct figure). When they know the actual number of students involved in the Reformation (1 in 10 now attends our schools but it has no citizenship, 877 thousand in total) the percentage of supporters increases even more and those who were skeptical change their perception: in total 37.6% of respondents are positively affected. It is interesting to note how knowledge of the phenomenon in its specific aspects leads to polarization of positions within the center-right electorate: on those who vote Lega there are 25% who are more in favor of reform and 17% less prone, among Fratelli d’Italia voters 20% say they are more in favor and 28% are more skeptical, in Forza Italia supporters’ opinions are reinforced by 34% and only 15% are less favorable. This means that in the bloc that goes from the center to the more conservative right, the reform opens a debate and takes sides. an important part of the voters in favor of the rights of young new Italians raised in Italy. Among the difficulties encountered by young people without citizenship, the one considered most serious by Italians (65% of responses) refers to not recognizing their stable presence in Italian society: “Do not feel recognized in the country where you live from of childhood and the fear of not being able to stay there due to the difficulties of work of the parents ”.

“All parties are called to take a position on the Ius Scholae in Parliament, this poll clearly tells us that there is a cross-cutting front between Italians who want to recognize the right to citizenship for girls and boys who live in Italy and go to school. Although the text of the Ius Scholae does not touch on many crucial aspects that produce discrimination for access to citizenship, the approval of the Reform would be an important signal, capable of producing positive effects. For many minors, quality of life could improve significantly. In addition, it would be the first structural amendment to Law no. 91 of 1992. Thirty years later this would be the demonstration that the law of citizenship can be changed, because Italy has changed: the time has come for a political season in which the law of citizenship can be rewritten as a whole to expand the recognition. of rights. In fact, the survey proves it 63% of Italians would also be in favor of immediate recognition of the citizenship of children born in Italy to foreign parents.”explains Francesco Ferri, migration advisor at ActionAid Italia.

“Today is a day of great hope and meaning, the Ius Scholae arrives in the chamber and I have had the opportunity to speak with the President of the Republic about the reform. Now a person raised in Italy and still without citizenship has the opportunity to speak with the Head of State: it was unthinkable that our parents ’generation could meet their requests at the highest level, this is an example of the steps forward. that our country did, shows the active participation of people with a migrant background. Today we need courage to overcome the games of force between parties and remove from invisibility almost a million young people without citizenship “, says Ada Ugo Abara, activist of the Citizenship Network of which ActionAid is also a part.

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