> A new decree promoted by far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini would slash the number of people granted asylum and double the time irregular migrants can be detained. The government approved Salvini's decree on Monday, but the president still has to pass it. Salvini has already refused to let charity migrant rescue ships dock in Italy's ports.
The last rescue ship in the Mediterranean, The Aquarius, lost its Panamanian flag on Monday. Its operators blaming pressure on Panama from the Italian government. Italy's crackdown has proven popular. Salvini's far-right League party has doubled its support to more than 30% since the March election. Riding a backlash against hundreds of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy by boat in the last five years.
Salvini's decree would limit use of humanitarian asylum. Which is granted to someone with serious reasons to leave home that aren't necessarily linked to war or political persecution. For example, fleeing harsh anti-gay laws in Africa. It was given to more than 20,000 people last year, a quarter of those who sought asylum.
Salvini's law also lengthens the list of criminal offenses that trigger the stripping of asylum rights from those who have them. That could fall foul of UN rules and Italy's constitution and pave the way for the president to block the decree.