Migrants Are Hot-Button Issue as Italians Prepare to Vote
Armando Paolucci, an itinerant butcher from this rugged town in central Italy, voted for left-wing parties all his life. Once, he even ran as a Communist candidate for the local council.
But on March 4, besides celebrating his 65th birthday, he will vote for the anti-immigration Lega (League) party in Italy’s national elections. The country’s center-left incumbents, he says, have lost touch with ordinary people and are devoting too many resources to support migrants.
“We who are from here are worth less to them than the new arrivals,” Mr. Paolucci said, standing beside his van where he sells porchetta roast pork at Umbertide’s weekly market.
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