Italy Sees Biggest Drop as EU Asylum Applications Slow

Italy Sees Biggest Drop as EU Asylum Applications Slow

(Bloomberg) -- Even as populist parties push anti-immigration policies ahead of European Union legislative elections in May, the latest data show the number of asylum-seekers fell more than 10 percent last year to less than half the peak in 2015. In Italy, where Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini of the rightist League has pushed for tighter restrictions on refugees from across the Mediterranean, the number of asylum applications plunged 61 percent from 2017, the steepest drop in the EU.

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