Immigrants, ‘source of strength for nation’ says President

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has said that Italian immigrants are a new source of strength for the country. Napolitano made the remarks while receiving a group of immigrants who recently acquired Italian citizenship. “This influx of new energy coming from every part of the world that has established itself here is a factor of freshness and strength for the Italian nation,” he said. Napolitano has also said that he would like to see ‘old prejudices’ against immigrants disappear.

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Muslim official backs president in Turin book fair spat

According to Yahya Pallavicini, vice-president of the Italian Islamic religious community, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano is right to inaugurate the Turin book fair, which is celebrating Israel’s right to exit. “I express my complete solidarity with Italy’s president of the republic, Giorgio Napolitano, on behalf of COREIS, and also with the Turin book fair’s director, Ernesto Ferrero,” said Pallavicini. The book fair was planned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state, as guests participated in Italy’s most prestigious book fair. However, Tariq Ramadan criticized the move, saying that it politicized the event, instead of maintaining a strictly cultural celebration.

First health centre for immigrants set up in Rome

Italy’s first ever national institute for the promotion of the health of the country’s immigrants was opened on January 8th. It’s an initiative that has value and significance. Said Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano, who spoke at the institute’s inauguration in Rome. According to Napolitano, any policy concerning immigration must include integration and fighting poverty. Besides helping the immigration and poor population in Italy with issues of health, the institute will also be involved in research into the promotion of health, implementation of professional healthcare programs, and health education. The new institute will work with the World Health Organization on research and treatment of diseases affecting those in poverty in developing countries.