Now, part of what makes this interesting is that a big chunk of the illegal immigrants involved are citizens of EU member nations who have gained substantial opportunities for legal immigration to Italy as part of the economic integration of the EU. Once again this shows that expansion of legal immigration is not an obvious solution to the problems of illegal immigration. In fact expansion of legal immigration means the potential for illegal immigration becomes greater.
From my perspective, the Italian political establishment has been utterly calloused towards the needs of Italian youth for decades—and that is culminating in these heavy handed tactics being used. Italy needs to more seriously consider how to manage their economic elites so that the Italian economy better serves the needs of all Italians.