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During a speech for World Refugee Day, Italian President Sergio Mattarella claimed that all Italians have a “duty” to welcome refugees.
The Italian president stressed that Italy has a “high moral and legal commitment” to accepting refugees citing it as a core principle of the Italian constitution, Il Giornale reports.
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“The refugees remind us every day, forcefully, of stories of suffering, discrimination, separation from families, lands, and roots,” Mattarella said.
“Every people in its history has been the victim of tragedies of this nature. The serious difficulties that afflict peoples of regions even close to us deserve careful reflection on the causes of these tragedies and on the answers they require,” he added.
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While the Italian President said it was a duty for Italians to welcome refugees he also admitted that Italy should not act alone saying action “must be coordinated and shared by the international community and, above all, at the European level”, arguing that the European Union must adopt a Europe-wide policy.
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