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European Xenophobia?

European Xenophobia?

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The debate over illegal immigrants isn't just an American issue. In Italy, the government was voted into power on a platform of promises to crack down on illegal immigrants; a group many say is associated with criminal activity. This week, Italian authorities began a program to fingerprint every Roma Gypsy in the country. The European Union passed a non-binding resolution calling on Rome to stop the program, but authorities have no plans to do so. Across the Continent in Ukraine, a new report from Amnesty International cites an "alarming rise" in the number of racially motivated attacks. The group says four people have died there this year, and more than 60 have been targeted in racial attacks. Swiss citizens will soon vote on a plan to ban the construction of Muslim minarets. And members of the European Union have agreed, in principle, to expel illegal immigrants from European soil by 2012. We'll talk with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Rome today, about what she has seen in Italy and throughout Europe. If you live in Europe, or have been recently, have seen any signs of a growing xenophobia?

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