Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Monday that he wants to conduct a Roma census that would allow the country to eject those who lack Italian citizenship, according to ANSA.
"I'm having them prepare a dossier on the Roma question in Italy at the ministry because after (former Minister Roberto) Maroni, nothing has been done and it's chaos," Salvini told TeleLombardia. "
(There will be) reconnaissance on the Roma people in Italy to see who, how, how many, re-doing what was called the census.
"We'll have a register".
Any Roma who do not have the right to be in Italy will be deported, Salvini said, but he lamented that “"unfortunately, you have to keep the Italian Roma at home".
Caretaker Democratic Party (PD) leader Maurizio Martina described Salvini's proposal as "abhorrent". "It is the latest act in an escalation of dangerous, unacceptable messages," Martina told ANSA. "I think he should stop because it is not possible for a great European country like Italy to go through provocations every day that do not resolve any problems but feed a spiral of propaganda that is very dangerous".
Salvini is calling for a "mass cleansing" of immigrants from Italy.
“We need a mass cleansing, street by street, piazza by piazza, neighborhood by neighborhood,” Mr Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister, said in an interview last year. “We need to be tough because there are entire parts of our cities, entire parts of Italy, that are out of control.”
Salvini is not only targeting the Roma for expulsion: Earlier this month, an Aquarius NGO-run migrant-rescue ship carrying more than 600 people was blocked by interior minister from docking at an Italian port.
That ship was rerouted to Spain, which offered to accept the refugees.
Salvini said at the weekend that "we are no longer the doormats of Europe" on migrants after the Aquarius case.
He also said that Spain should take in "another 66,000" migrants. "Finally the Germans, the French, the Belgians, the Dutch and even the Spanish are listening to us," said Salvini, who is also deputy premier and leader of the League party.