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Italy is reducing working permits to foreigners

The number of non-Europeans allowed to move to Italy for work plummeted from more than 350,000 in 2010 to just under 14,000 in 2018, according to†a study by the Leone Moressa Foundation, an Italian think tank that focuses on the economic impact of immigration.

Italy granted just 13,877†permessi di soggiorno (residency permits) for employment reasons last year, the foundation says, and 40.5 percent of those went to seasonal workers. Just 10.6 percent went to highly qualified workers.

In contrast, Germany issued 68,000 work permits, the UK gave 108,000 and Poland granted nearly 600,000.

After eight years Mamadou Diarra has been stripped of his permit to reside in Italy and is appealing to win a chance to stay on the grounds that he is working but he risks arrest if stopped by the police