PALERMO, Italy -- In recent years, thanks to geography as well as a strong record of granting amnesty, Italy has become a top destination for international emigrants. But that might soon change due to a series of measures by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to turn up the heat on illegal immigration. The tough stance reflects a national zeitgeist that is increasingly wary of foreigners.

Italy Turns up the Heat on Immigration

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PALERMO, Italy -- It's a balmy morning in the Sicilian capital, and a dozen African men are lounging in the shade at the Missione di Speranza e Carita, a Church-run shelter that's home to more than 500 immigrants. Though they are all recent arrivals to Italy, only some of the men have proper documents.

They are waiting to speak with Brother Dario, a Catholic Friar and mission administrator, for help in finding employment. In addition to meals and a bed, the shelter provides vocational training to as many of its residents as it can handle. These days, however, accommodating new arrivals is tough. ...

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