Despite making up less than 10% of the population of Italy, foreign born youths account for over 50% of the criminal convictions data published by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) at the beginning of this month revealed.
In the age group between 14 and 17 years old, foreign-born residents—despite making up 9.6 percent of the population—committed 50.2% of the thefts, 48.1% of the robberies, 47.7% of the sexual violence, and 40.4% of assaults, Italian newspaper Libero Quotidiano reported.
These figures are reflected in the 18-24 age group, where foreign-born residents who compromise 11.2% of the population—were found to have committed 89.7% of crimes involving exploitation of prostitution, 55.8% of sexual violence, 52.6% of robberies, 52.4% of thefts, 43.6% of malicious injury cases.
Responding to the revelations on Twitter, former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of La Lega party Matteo Salvini tweeted:
Hordes of foreign children invade the cities, insult “white women” and shout “Allah Akbar”. Istat data are worrying: between 14 and 24 years old foreign children are 10 times more (criminally) reported than Italians (despite being only 10% of the population).”
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