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Is Italy the Next Greece?

MIN READMar 14, 2016 | 09:30 GMT

Migrants face Italian police officers at the shores of the France-Italy border in Ventimiglia, ahead of renewed waves of migration to Italy.

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Italy's migration crisis is not as dramatic as Greece's, nor will it be anytime soon. But as weather conditions improve in the next few months, routes across the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas will open, bringing in renewed waves of asylum seekers. The newcomers will create tension in Italy's politics and its relationships with neighboring countries, which could block migrants from leaving through Italy's northern border. Before that happens, Rome will try to make preparations at the local level and focus on EU-wide policies that counter the Continent's migration crisis....

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