Foreign students and researchers may come to Italy again February 21, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, politics, science.
The good news today is that a government decree cancels the insane rules of the Bossi-Fini law which made almost impossible for foreign students and research scholars to come to Italy for their studies.
The decree (n. 17/2008) determines looser requirements for extra-UE citizens who seek to enter Italy. Accepting the european directive on the admission of citizens from extra-UE states for scientific purposes, the institutes will be able to obtain a visa for foreigners, avoiding lengthy bureaucracy and barrages.
Bossi and Fini, the first a xenophobe and the second an ex-fascist, cooked up a very restrictive law in 2002 as members of the Berlusconi government. The law dictated the procedure of expulsion of illegal foreigners or ones with no documents. It also made much tighter the legal admission of immigrants. It is this second part of the law which has partly been overruled today.