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article imageArab Spring: Life on the curb (RT documentary)

By Anne Sewell     May 7, 2012 in World
A different view on the situation with illegal immigrants in Italy. People escaping from war-torn countries have nowhere else to go.
Due to violence in the Arab Spring and the civil war in Somalia, many refugees take a boat across to Italy in hope of a better life.
Many head for Rome and either sleep on the streets or squat in empty buildings. But more head for Lampedusa Island.
The Somalians have more luck when arriving in Italy, due to the civil war in their country giving them a legitimate reason to apply for asylum. However, the Libyans don't have the same luck, as their country is now considered to be settled and the government legitimate. But for black Libyans especially, it is not a safe place to return home to.
Tunisians refugees are interviewed in Sicily, where a Tunisian neighborhood has grown.
The documentary shows and interviews those who are trying to escape the aggression in their homelands or simply hoping for a better way of life. It explains the conflicting attitude of local residents towards these migrants and how it impacts on Europe as a whole.
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