Public sentiment toward migrants is rapidly changing in Italy. The Interior Ministry asked NGOs saving migrants off the Libyan coast to sign a code of conduct in order to regulate their activities. Italy is focusing on the wrong problem, and formulating the wrong solutions.
Addressing a rapid increase in socioeconomic, cultural and religious diversity is a challenge for the world’s “humanitarian superpower”. Instead of constant accusations and disagreements, discussions should focus on how to turn this diversity into an asset and prevent it from becoming a dividing force.