The Bossi-Fini Law: Explicit Fanaticism, Implicit Moderation, and Poisoned Fruits

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On 11 November 2002, the terms of the amnesty promoted by the second

Berlusconi government to legalize those foreign workers without

residence permits expired. The amnesty, the fifth of its kind in Italy

over the last two decades, saw the submission of 702,156 applications.

If, as expected, the overwhelming majority of these applications

see the concession of residence permits, the overall effect will

be greater than that of the sum of the two previous amnesties, promoted

respectively by the Lamberto Dini government in 1995 and the

Romano Prodi government in 1998.