Caitlin L. Chandler is a Berlin-based journalist who is on the editorial board of the news and opinion site Africa Is a Country. (January 2019)

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Rome: Where Migrants Face Eviction as Fascists Find a Home

Posters by the fascist political party CasaPound calling for the eviction of the migrants and refugees living inside a former penicillin factory, Rome, November 26, 2018

Across Italy, some 10,000 migrants and refugees are living in squats. In search of shelter, many have joined vulnerable Italians in occupying empty buildings. The housing crisis is not an accident. It is part of a deliberate strategy by the government to make Italy as inhospitable to migrants as possible. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has made attacking immigrants a cornerstone of his politics. At the same time, Italy has seen a resurgence of support for fascism.