Italian Deputy PM calls African migrants ‘slaves’

Italian far-right leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has likened African immigrants to slaves at a European conference, drawing an angry response from Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister, who cursed at him in frustration.

Salvini, who heads the League party, has led a popular crackdown against immigration since Italy’s coalition government took office in June.

He was speaking at a closed-door session of a conference on migration and security hosted by Austria, which holds the rotating European Union presidency.

“I heard someone say we need immigration because the population is ageing. I see things completely differently,” Mr Salvini told the session on Friday in remarks filmed and posted on his Facebook profile.

“I’m paid by citizens to help our young people start having…

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